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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.


Richard Greer

The Lawyer Management: Colemans-ctts

Richard Greer has been the contact centre manager at Manchester-headquarted Colemans-ctts for 13 months. He is responsible for handling the initial stages of client -contact, and joined from outsourcing provider Arvato, where he was head of operations. What are the key elements of your role I handle the initial stages of client contact across the […]

John Whittle, Keoghs

Keoghs prepares for private equity investment after gaining ABS approval

North West insurance firm Keoghs is on the cusp of receiving a cash injection from private equity house LDC after gaining approval for its ABS conversion. Keoghs” src=”/Pictures/web/n/d/m/John-Whittle-Keoghs-15_150.jpg” /> John Whittle, Keoghs The firm announced this morning that the SRA has cleared its ABS application, with LDC, which is part of the Lloyds Banking Group, […]


Bingham, Mayer Brown and Macfarlanes lead on Comet administration

Bingham McCutchen and Mayer Brown are advising the administrators of electricals chain Comet, which filed for administration last Friday (2 November). Deloitte partners Neville Kahn, Nicholas Edwards and Christopher Farrington are trying to find a buyer for the goods retailer after retail turnaround specialist OpCapita, which bought the business for just £2 last year, failed […]

Stephen Finch

Locke Lord continues to build London with Fox Williams hire

US firm Locke Lord has added a 16th partner to its nascent London office with the hire of Fox Williams corporate finance specialist James Channo. Channo, who focuses on stock exchange listings, M&A, joint ventures and other transactional work, joined Fox Williams in 2007 from Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault and was later made partner (25 […]

Wen Jiabao

China’s premier turns to lawyers from Jun He and Grandall amid New York Times row

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s family has instructed two veteran Chinese lawyers for advice following a New York Times report into its alleged wealth. Jun He partner Bai Tao and Grandall executive partner Wang Weidong have issued a statement confirming that they are representing the family of Premier Wen and denying allegations made by the New […]

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