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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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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, […]

BDO’s general counsel switches back to private practice

After spending 12 years as general counsel at accountancy firm BDO, Adam Culy is now going back to private practice as a partner at Stephenson Harwood. Having focused on accountancy claims and investigations in his previous role, which also included heading up the practice protection department, Culy will now be joining up with the professional […]

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HSF and Ashurst lose out in railway tussle with DfT

The High Court has dismissed claims brought by Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst in the rail franchise litigation. The case, which featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases 2020, was a mammoth rolled-up claim against the Department of Transport. Last year, the separate claims brought by West Coast Trains, Stagecoach and Arriva Rail were rolled […]

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