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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.


DLA furthers German push with CC hire

DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Martin Schulte. Düsseldorf-based Schulte will join DLA’s growing Cologne office later this month. As first revealed on (21 July), DLA debuted in Germany following a split from its former German ally Görg Rechtsanwalte. The split saw DLA poach former […]

Nabarro Nathanson shuts door on final salary pension scheme

Nabarro Nathanson has closed its final salary pension scheme to future accruals in a bid to limit the firm’s future pensions liabilities. The scheme, which was closed to new entrants in July 2001, has now also been closed to all future accruals after the firm identified that the scheme’s deficit was growing. Senior partner Simon […]

Martineaus, Pinsents first class for Plymouth Uni

Martineau Johnson and Pinsents have won a competitive tender to secure the University of Plymouth as a new client. The firms competed against Plymouth’s existing advisers Osborne Clarke, Bond Pearce and Foot Anstey & Sergeant as well as legacy firm Bevan Ashford to win the mandate. Martineau’s has been brought on board to advise the […]

Withholding a grudge

Slaughter and May has worked some magic with Goldman Sachs. It is not every law firm that can act against a powerful US investment bank on über-hostile bids such as Six Continents and Marks & Spencer (M&S) and yet still get lucrative referrals from the same source. On the M&S bid, the retailer’s chief executive […]

Goodman Derrick to join up with Berger Oliver

London law firms Goodman Derrick and Berger Oliver have agreed to merge. The merger, which will take effect from next January, will see Bergers property partners Simon Mapstone, Simon Catt and Guy Martin join Goodman Derrick as partners. Bergers litigation partner Paul McAndrews will become a consultant at the merged firm. The merger will bolster […]

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