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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.


CC’s US litigation team gets slimmer and slimmer

IT HAS been a bleak few months in Clifford Chance’s US practice. There was the reshaping of the global partnership plus the raft of partner defections that have plagued the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices over the past few months. Clifford Chance’s partnership cull is now well underway and for several US litgation […]


IP/IT: Copy righting

When it comes to intellectual property disputes, going down the litigation route isn’t always the best option. Gary Fern argues that protecting patents is best done through arbitration Intellectual property (IP) disputes involving cross-border multi-­jurisdiction patent litigation can be very amenable to utilising mediation or arbitration methodologies. IP, and patents in particular, are increasingly pan-European […]

LLST chief calls for advice centre funding overhaul

With an increasing number of people joining job queues and getting their houses repossessed, the demand for free social welfare legal advice has never been greater. So it is reassuring to know that donations from the 5th London Legal Sponsored walk, which raises money for the capital’s legal advice centres, made £380,000 – the highest-ever […]

Former Lovells Dubai chief to target energy work at Baker Botts

Lovells former Dubai head Shibeer Ahmed is looking to target energy work in his new role as a partner at Baker Botts although he will not, as had been suggested, be running an office. The project finance partner left Lovells at the end of April, joining the five-partner Dubai office of Baker Botts this month. […]


Irwin Mitchell boss steps down from LSB after Private Eye complaint

Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier has resigned from the Legal Services Board (LSB) after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) re-opened an investigation into him and the firm. Napier has been instrumental in shaping the future regulation of the profession and worked closely with the Civil Justice Council (CJC) in helping the Ministry of Justice […]

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