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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.


Gunning for Svenja

Arsenal FC’s manager Arsene Wenger may have disappointed the club’s fans by barely signing any new talent this season, but the Gunners’ management has brought in a new starlet hoping to score points off the pitch. Former MTV European Networks lawyer Svenja Geissmar has been appointed Arsenal FC’s first-ever general counsel (see story). In the […]


Henderson Chambers helps BVC student win better grades from Cardiff Uni

London set Henderson Chambers has won a High Court battle for a law student who refused to accept the low marks Cardiff University gave her for the Bar Vocational Course (BVC). Student Alice Clarke, who instructed Henderson barrister Patrick Green via the Bar Pro Bono Unit, took Cardiff University to the High Court to force […]


Postcard from… Kuwait

When I announced to family and friends that I would be leaving Michigan to take up a position in Kuwait, I received responses ranging from astonishment to extreme alarm.  Questions regarding the safety of Kuwait were probably the most prominent.  It seems much of my family and friends mistake Kuwait for Iraq. One relative in […]

Herbies strengthens Dubai disputes practice with London partner

Herbert Smith is bolstering its Middle East disputes practice by relocating London partner Stuart Paterson to Dubai. Paterson will work alongside disputes partner Craig Shepherd, who transferred to Dubai from London two years ago (27 April 2007). The firm’s disputes head Sonya Leydecker said: “Since setting up two years ago our disputes team in the […]

Angel face

Milbank is going all guns blazing to beef up in the City. Today’s news that the New York heavyweight has hired Ashurst’s head of restructuring Nick Angel is a statement of intent (see story). And what’s more, it follows a similarly bold swoop several months ago, that time for DLA Piper litigation partner Julian Stait […]

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