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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.



Blackstone junior has his way with words

When eminent jurist Sir William Blackstone abandoned reading Classics at Oxford to study at ­Middle Temple, he wrote a poem lamenting his decision to forsake his passion for verse to pursue a career in law. The poem was called The Lawyer’s Farewell To His Muse and it bemoaned “The toil by day, the lamp by […]


Hogan Lovells to jump on Aussie bandwagon

Hogan Lovells is the latest firm to set its sights on an Australian launch, confirming that it has held “informal meetings” with firms in the region. Responding to The Lawyer, the firm issued a statement, which read: “We’ve had very informal meetings with a number of firms to assist us in setting our ­direction in […]

Herd about the country solicitor…

As a trainee at Lincoln’s Inn firm Wedlake Bell, Nigel Davis acquired a taste for open, green spaces. But there was one thing lacking from nearby Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Gray’s Inn Gardens – sheep. For just as the lawyer, who now runs Nigel Davis Solicitors from his farm in Derbyshire, was preparing to qualify […]

Yvonne Gallagher

Shoesmith won’t stop companies taking quick action

Employers could be forgiven for being confused by press coverage of the Court of Appeal’s (CoA) decision on the claim by Sharon Shoesmith, the former director of children’s services at Haringey Council. While the media has speculated about ­compensation running into seven figures, employers will be aware that there is an upper limit to what […]

Jeantet, August & Debouzy spearhead creation of political lobbying group

A group of five French law firms, led by Jeantet Associés and August & Debouzy, have established an association designed to professionalise political ­lobbying. The two firms have combined with Granrut Avocats, Lexidia and Vogel & Vogel to form the Association des Avocats Lobbyistes (AAL – Lobbying Lawyers ­Association). The aim of the association is to promote […]

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