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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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Covid-19 forces BLM to kick off redundancy consultation

BLM has entered redundancy negotiations as it seeks to stave off the financial threat posed by the Covid-19 crisis. Employees in the costs and business development and marketing teams are set to leave the firm, with approximately 20 roles being made redundant. So far, a total of 170 members of staff have been furloughed at […]

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High Court sides with oligarchs in dispute over Putin ties

The English courts have ruled against a former British spy in relation to allegations made in the so-called ‘Trump dossier’. The claim was brought by three Russian oligarchs as part of a global defamation battle against Christopher Steele’s company Orbis Business Intelligence. Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan brought the case against Orbis, which […]

Taylor Wessing fills Cambridge base with new lateral

Taylor Wessing is beefing up the headcount of its Cambridge office with a new corporate technology partner, as it rebuilds its regional outpost following last year’s Goodwin raid. The firm has brought in partner Ross McNaughton from Penningtons Manches Cooper. The tech and life sciences expert spent more than four years at his previous firm, […]

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