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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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Baker McKenzie has backtracked on plans not to cut NQ rates, confirming today that salaries will be crunched by £2,500 and bonuses will be dropped. The announcement comes a week after the firm told The Lawyer it had no current plans to reduce salaries for trainees and NQs. Bakers hiked NQ salaries up by 23 per […]

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DWF to close two international offices in cost-cutting drive

DWF is to shut two of its international offices and downsize others, in a move that will see 60 people leave the business. The listed firm will be closing its outposts in Singapore and Brussels, reducing also the number of staff in Dubai and Cologne. As a result, around 60 individuals are expected to be […]

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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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