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A fast-track for beautiful developments?

The Government has published its long-awaited white paper on planning reform, which seeks views on 24 proposals. In this legal insight we look at the key areas that have been targeted for reform.

Cayman Islands administrative fines regime for insurance licensees

By Rob Humphries The Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (the “Amendment Regulations”) came into force on 26 June 2020. The Amendment Regulations serve to amend Schedule 1 of the Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) Regulations (2019 Revision) (the “Fines Regulations”) and extend the scope of the fines which may be levied by the Cayman […]

Rules authorising the cultivation and industrial exploitation of varieties of hemp

There is a huge amount of interest in hemp cultivation, both for medicinal and cosmetic purposes, and for industrial use, in particular, the production of fibre, seeds and other products linked to agro-industry. As a consequence, the Government has legislated to positively discriminate in favour of the production of hemp for industrial purposes, to remove the risk of illegal practices.

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