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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.













Temperature checks and wasted office space: how the Bar is going back to the office

39 Essex’s Lindsay Scott and Serle Court‘s John Petrie have experienced a significantly different lockdown to most. While much of the civil Bar found themselves cooped up in kitchens, living rooms and studies, the two chief executives were overseeing staff and supporting barristers from their respective chambers in an eerily quiet London. Petrie even took […]

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Gateley scraps 2020 bonuses to protect cashflow

Listed law firm Gateley has scrapped its 2020 bonus scheme in its latest bid to control cashflow in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lawyers and staff were told that no bonuses would be paid for the April 2020 financial year “as part of a number of measures we have taken to protect the business in […]

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Burford Capital sets sights on US listing

Burford Capital has announced plans to expand its reach beyond the UK’s AIM market, with a potential listing on a US stock exchange. The litigation funder revealed the move during a brief statement to investors on Tuesday, confirming that it has filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This means […]

City firms vow to use data in fresh diversity pledge

A host of City firms, including the magic circle, have pledged to combat career obstacles facing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) lawyers. A total of 17 firms have signed up to the Race Fairness Commitment (RFC) pledge, which is led by Rare Recruitment. The RFC has been signed by the magic circle, Ashurst, BCLP, […]

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