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Permission in principle – growth, renewal, protect

The biggest shake up of the planning system since 1947 continues apace with the announcement, on 2 August, of government plans to create an automatic green light for development within specifically designated areas of the country.

Setting aside company transactions involving Jersey, Guernsey and BVI companies

Financial pressure can change perspectives on transactions – whether through the lens of an insolvent winding up, in the context of a counterparty or related interested party exploring ways in which they might unravel a transaction, or a new board considering whether a company can extricate itself from contractual arrangements that appear to have been subject to a conflict of interest or which were for an improper purpose.

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Women on top

Several years ago everyone was hailing a new generation of female law firm leaders. A whole host of smaller to midsize firms were electing women to management: Penny Francis at Lawrence Graham, Diana Parker at Withers, Nicky Paradise at Nabarros, Sally Field at Bristows, Samantha Phillips at Harbottle & Lewis, plus, of course, Joy Kingsley […]

Abbey merger: £18m spent on Slaughters, print and postage

With the High Court set to approve the Abbey National- Santander Central Hispano (SCH) merger today (8 November), it has emerged that Abbey spent around £9m sending out legal documentation to its 1.8 million shareholders. It is thought that Abbey’s law firm Slaughter and May will get around the same amount as the bank spent […]

Music and the Deaf awards Cobbetts’ employment head

A love of music, plus support from his firm, has helped Cobbetts Leeds employment head Ronald Drake win an award for his work with Huddersfield charity Music and the Deaf. Drake is a keen amateur singer and a member of several choirs, as well as being a partner in Cobbetts. The firm is a member […]

New EU rights watchdog launched

The European Commission has launched a public consultation exercise on plans to create a European Union (EU) watchdog ensuring that all significant legal rights available to EU citizens are respected. This Fundamental Rights Agency would replace the Vienna-based EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, taking over its existing mandate. EU heads of governments have […]

Goldman Sachs bins paper billing

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is taking an innovative step in managing its external legal costs by moving away from traditional paper billing. After a six-month consultation process, Goldman has rolled out a system, in conjunction with Herbert Smith, which will enable the bank to receive electronic bills. The system allows bills, together with […]

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