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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.


Maclay Murray & Spens LLP chooses LogRhythm for comprehensive data security

08 January 2013 – LogRhythm, the leader in cyber threat defence, detection and response, today announced that Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (MMS), one of Scotland’s largest commercial law firms, has chosen to deploy its integrated log management and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technology to boost cyber security and compliance throughout the organisation. […]

University of London brings in Wellcome Trust GC as legal head

The University of London has hired the Wellcome Trust’s longstanding general counsel John Stewart as head of legal services. The role is newly-created and Stewart’s appointment follows the recent retirement of Ian Budden, the university’s legal and constitutional adviser. Stewart will be responsible for providing legal advice to the university’s management and board of trustees, […]


Norton Rose moots shifting Middle East arm to US LLP in wake of Fulbright merger

Norton Rose is considering offloading its Middle East offices to the legacy Fulbright & Jaworski arm of the firm when the UK and US outfits merge on 1 June. The plan would effectively ringfence the London-headquartered UK business against any downturn in the Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain offices, which have been hit a series […]


iStorage USB flash drive achieves IT security ultimate seal of approval

News release 9 January 2013   iStorage USB flash drive achieves IT security ultimate seal of approval   datAshur awarded critical US data security benchmark FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification   iStorage, a leading specialist in portable storage and digital encryption, has received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 certification for its […]

Mike Turner

Taylor Wessing turns to Osborne Clarke for hire of UK TMT head

Osborne Clarke’s digital business sector head Mike Turner is joining rival Taylor Wessing as UK head of TMT. He will be replaced by Adrian Bott, who has spent nine years as head of the firm’s business transactions practice group, while M&A head Ray Berg will succeed Bott to oversee a third of the firm’s lawyers. […]

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