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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.

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The in-house interview: Hugh Raven, Kier

Hugh Raven swapped Eversheds partnership for a job at building group Kier, helping support the business’s extension plans into property and services. Hugh Raven never planned to work in-house. The Linklaters-trained lawyer hails from the Midlands and envisioned that he would eventually return to the region to be closer to his family. Indeed, a move […]

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High Court judge slams “cumbersome and inadequate” disclosure process in Kier case

Mr Justice Coulson has criticised a disclosure process carried out for Pinsent Masons client Kier Construction which ended up costing £500,000, three times its original budget. In a judgment handed down late last month Coulson J said the disclosure exercise had been “cumbersome, and inadequate”. Kier Construction is the defendant in a claim brought by […]

Kier Group set to bring in corporate lawyer

FTSE250 construction company Kier Group is building up its in-house legal strength as it continues to professionalise the team. Kier plans to bring in its first in-house corporate lawyer by the end of the month following a restructure of the legal team earlier in the year. The construction outfit’s current legal function encompasses a general […]

#MeToo in law: Are we just hypocrites?

The #MeToo movement has left no sector unaffected. From entertainment to hospitality, finance to media, allegations of workplace impropriety have swept the globe. Jobs were lost, careers ended and a clear message sent: the culture of impunity for misconduct can continue no longer. Sexual harassment is inappropriate in any field. But it is particularly repugnant […]

Reed Smith bags Nabarro trio for City funds launch

Reed Smith has launched a London investment funds practice with the hire of ­former Nabarro partner and barrister Dale Gabbert. Gabbert, who joins as a partner, will bring with him associates Winston Penhall and Matthew Pitman. He will advise funds including private equity, property and hedge funds on investment management, corporate and regulatory issues. Reed […]

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