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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.



Partner exodus continues at Linklaters’ Aussie ally

Two more partners have left Linklaters’ Australian ally Allens to join rival firms in Sydney and Singapore. Rod Howell, a banking and finance partner who was the head of Allens’ finance team in Asia, will join Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) as a partner in Singapore. He has 20 years of experience advising on financing deals […]

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Abramovich lawyer among first to gain higher rights in Hong Kong

Skadden partner Paul Mitchard QC, who advised Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich on his court battles with Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, is among 15 lawyers who have obtained higher rights of audience in Hong Kong. The move comes following the enactment of the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2009, with the Hong Kong Higher Rights Assessment […]

C Cabell Chinnis

C Cabell Chinnis

C Cabell Chinnis serves on Mayer Brown’s management committee. He emphasises a diverse range of tax matters in his practice. He represents clients who are facing IRS audits and appeals and he has significant experience working on advance pricing agreements, tax treaties and transfer pricing issues. Chinnis also handles tax-related alternate dispute resolution, including fast-track […]


Drawings outweigh profits at Lawrence Graham

Lawrence Graham’s (LG) annual property bill is costing the firm £5.1m a year, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts. The accounts confirm that turnover for 2011/12 fell from £58m to £56m and operating profit before any payment to partners slumped 31 per cent from £20.7m in 2010/11 to £14.2m in 2011/12. The firm saw […]

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Here come ‘anything goes’ costs

Appeal court’s weak decision undermines efforts to constrain legal costs and adds to judges’ burden The Court of Appeal (CoA) decision last week in Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd ruled that there was good reason to depart from the previously approved costs budget of Baby P social worker Sylvia Henry in her defamation case […]

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