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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.


EU and competition law

Our EU and competition law team is well regarded for offering clear and commercially astute advice on the full range of competition law-related matters. Our services include day-to-day compliance, public procurement, state aid, merger control and handling investigations. Businesses are increasingly aware of the competition law rules and their obligations to comply. This is particularly […]

Louise Hadland

Louise Hadland

Hadland is the firm’s HR director and as such is responsible for ensuring that the strategic profile of the firm’s staff is best suited to delivering its stated goals and objectives. Before joining Shoosmiths in May 1999, Hadland worked in personnel management for the Volkswagen Group UK, building an HR specialisation on a general management […]


FFW selects Chissick as permanent managing partner in top-level rejig

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has announced a new leadership structure that will see acting chief Michael Chissick take on the managing partner role in full, with current managing partner Matthew Lohn becoming senior partner. The firm confirmed that Chissick, acting managing partner since last year, would assume the role permanently, taking charge of formulating and executing […]

Cartel participants in Croatia receive fines

In January 2013, the Croatian Competition Agency, for the second time in its practice of imposing direct fines, fined four private companies involved in a cartel agreement. The cartel was between four public transportation operators competing for licenses to transfer pupils to their schools in the northern part of Croatia (Međimurje). Instead of competing for […]


Field Fisher’s debt rose by over 350 per cent in last financial year, LLPs show

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) net debt increased by more than 350 per cent to £3.3m in the 2011/12 financial year, the firm’s latest LLP accounts show. The figure, stated in accounts filed this week at Companies House, rose from £727,000 in 2010/11. That meant the firm was £4.2m overdrawn at the last year-end, with the […]

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