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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.


Intuition:a poor substitute for empirical evidence

There is too little economics in English commercial law, says Professor Roy Goode. He blames the narrowness of law courses and the short-termism of law makers Legal systems round the world vary significantly in their approach to the role of the courts and to judicial reasoning. In some jurisdictions the emphasis is on formal reasoning. […]

Scottish conveyancing system for whom?

Leslie Dubow highlights some of the flaws of the Scottish conveyancing system that the Adam Smith Institute has recommended and offers some alternative solutions. Leslie Dubow is executive officer of the SPG. A report of the Adam Smith Institute on the house-selling process is said to recommend adopting the Scottish legal process whereby buyers and […]

Lawyers get help in handling aggression

Local government lawyers are to receive training on how to deal with difficult people following complaints by solicitors of widespread aggression against them by both the public and work colleagues. The courses are to be run by the Law Society Local Government Group (LGG) in response to the requests of more than 20 solicitors attending […]

Secret report calls for Sif carve-up

The troubled Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is to be scrapped in favour of six, separate, compulsory mutual funds covering specialist practice areas, under proposals to be unveiled by the Law Society next year. The Appleby Committee, headed by Law Society Council member John Appleby, has spent a year examining how to revamp SIF and will […]

Lloyd's scores victory over US Names in fraud battle

Lloyd’s of London, represented by US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, has won two significant victories in its battle with rebel US Names who are determined to sue the London re-insurance market for fraud in the US. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco – which previously had been the only […]

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