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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.


Crystal demands £10m as Thyssen trial crashes

Baron’s legal team threatens to sue Bermuda government as judge in three year case quits over pay Lawyers acting for Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza in the £1.2bn dispute have threatened the Bermuda government with a demand for Bermuda B$15m (£10.7m) compensation following the collapse of the trial last Wednesday. Geoffrey Bell QC of Bermudian firm […]

Could this be the future of dotcom work? is the online travel agency launched in 1999 by rock star Bob Geldof. Like many of its ilk, it has felt the pinch of changing market attitudes towards technology companies. Last month it laid off 13 of its 51 staff. World Travel Holdings, which also runs […]


Penton Media acquires Hillgate Communications for an undisclosed amount. Penton Media advised by Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Hillgate Communications advised by Beachcroft Wansbroughs. Plexus merges with Olympian Consultancy to form the leading IT recruitment consultancy in the UK. Plexus advised by Rowe & Maw (Stephen Bottomley). Olympian advised by Argles Stoneham Burstows.

European employment alliance chooses Rowe & Maw

Rowe & Maw is set to become the UK member of the European alliance of employment law firms Ius Laboris (Labour Law). The alliance, which was set up at the start of this year, now has nine member firms across Europe. While there is no sharing of fees, the member firms do joint marketing, training […]

DTI report slams CC over Mirror Group float

Clifford Chance takes brunt of criticism; Linklaters’ responsibility ‘limited’ Clifford Chance has been heavily criticised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) report into Robert Maxwell’s business empire for its part in producing an “inaccurate and misleading” float prospectus. The firm is one of a host of City institutions to come under fire in […]

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