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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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British Aerospace’s (BAe) legal department is set to become the first in-house team to gain Law Society approval to do pro bono work. Backed by the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG), BAe has been lobbying the Law Society for a waiver from its professional conduct rules, which currently state that in-house lawyers can only advise […]

In brief: Martin Bowley QC

Due to a typing error it was incorrectly stated in Martin Bowley QC’s column last week that a 1 per cent levy on the Bar’s gross fee income would provide an award of £12m for 750 pupils. The figure should have been £12,500 for each of the 750 pupils.

Herbert Smith cashes in on Bangkok

Herbert Smith has poached Henry Uscinski, Couderts’ head of international arbitration, to head up its new Bangkok office – set to open later this month. Uscinski will spend half his time in Bangkok and the remainder in his Hong Kong base, where he will head Herbert Smith’s international arbitration practice. Jonathan Pyne, who rec-ently joined […]

Australian state gives green light to MDPs

Multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) are set to be legalised in Victoria, Australia, after a report backing a liberalisation of regulations for lawyers and accountants was tabled in the state’s parliament last week. The report, by the Victorian Legal Ombudsman’s office, suggests removing the current ban on profit-sharing between the professions and on lawyers entering into agreements […]

Family lawyers urge Govt to speed up pension splits

Family lawyers have welcomed proposals to give courts more power to split pensions in divorce proceedings – but have urged the Government to speed up their introduction. Last week the Commons social security committee published a report recommending that divorcing wives should be able to apply for a percentage share of their husbands’ pensions. But […]

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