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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.



Moves 17 February

Move of the week Simon Levine is to take over the reins from Sir Nigel Knowles at DLA Piper as new co-CEO. Levine, the firm’s present managing director for groups and sectors, is the former head of DLA’s IP and technology practice group. UK London Ex-Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) employment head Fraser Younson will join […]

IP Matters — winter 2014: new EU Customs Regulation

By Joe Cohen With effect from 1 January 2014, a new Customs Regulation came into force in the European Union (EU), which replaces the existing Customs Regulation. The new regulation gives customs authorities extended powers to detain suspected counterfeit and pirated goods at the borders of the EU and new powers to detain ‘small consignments’ […]

Cat Griffiths index

Limber up for the Africa play-offs

When The Lawyer was researching The Africa Elite, one of the questions we asked the continent’s top independent practices was which international firms they worked with or they would like to work with. The magic circle and Wall Street giants such as Latham and Sherman got plenty of respect, but what came out very clearly […]

DLA Piper wins Law Firm of the Year accolade at 2014 Legal Business Awards

DLA Piper has been named Law Firm of the Year at the 2014 Legal Business Awards, held on 13 February at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The accolade is awarded to firms that the judges consider to have achieved more than their direct competitors and peers. The judges concluded that it had been an […]

‘Firms must put the interests of customers first’ warns the FCA as it hands down its largest ever retail conduct fine

Failings by insurance intermediary HomeServe Membership have resulted in the company being fined £30.6m, the largest amount ever imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the retail sector in what the regulator described as ‘serious, systematic and long-running failings’. The fine would have exceeded £40.7m had HomeServe not qualified for a 30 per cent […]

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