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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.


Deadline day: in-house’s own transfer window day

We’re starting to wonder if in-house lawyers have their own summer transfer window. As the last minute race for football squads to splurge on new players came to an end on Monday, big-name in-house moves have been all the rage in the legal market (although a £100m lawyer is still some way off). It all […]

Disclosure to beneficiaries: in the matter of the B Family Trust [2013] JRC136

This case is a useful refresher on the topic of provision of information by a trustee to a beneficiary. The representor, B, sought disclosure of information in relation to two trusts of which she believed she was a beneficiary. The facts are relatively straightforward, although readers of the accountancy and legal press (or indeed, the […]


The magic circle will disappear within a decade, industry leaders predict

Seven more transatlantic mergers, the end of the magic circle and the disappearance of 25 of the current top 100 by 2018 are just some of the wide-ranging predictions made in today’s crystal ball-gazing issue of The Lawyer. The 13-page feature contains projections on several key sections of the market and predictions from the likes […]

Dundas & Wilson’s bonny U-turn

The Edinburgh festival may be over, but it looks like that won’t stop Dundas & Wilson getting the bagpipes out for its own reasons. It only seems five minutes ago that the firm was trumpeting a major push at growing in London, but it has now decided to return to its Scottish roots. Co-managing partner […]

Cloud computing and the new Australian privacy law

By Alec Christie Web–based email (such as Gmail and Hotmail) and social networking websites (such as Facebook) are perhaps the most ubiquitous examples of Cloud services. However, Cloud services can be delivered through a multitude of models (including non–public models such as ‘private Clouds’ and ‘shared private Clouds’). Although the term ‘Cloud’ does not have a […]

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