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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 […]


WorldPay seeks panel firms after RBS selloff

Card payment processor WorldPay is putting ­together its first external law firm panel following its divestment from RBS. WorldPay expects to engage external counsel on major acquisitions and ­litigation, as well as on ­projects creating new IT platforms, as the company grows under its new private equity owners. “We’re asking firms for more than the standard offering,” […]

Claire Wilkinson

PE teacher: Claire Wilkinson, MVision

MVision GC Claire Wilkinson lives and breathes private equity, so much so that she is the industry guru on ethics.  Unusually for a general counsel, when Claire Wilkinson joined private equity adviser MVision 16 months ago it was to replace the company’s outgoing chief financial officer. This helps explain why less than half her workload […]

Lewis Silkin boosts partnership by four

Lewis Silkin has promoted four to its partnership, with three joining the employment arm. Energy and natural resources ­corporate finance senior associate Nadim Khan along with ­employment senior associates Karen Baxter, Emma Perera and Hannah Price have joined the partnership. The firm has also restructured its core practice groups, with the employment and incentives department […]

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin on either side of Wagamama sale

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin have claimed the leading mandates for rival private equity houses on the £215m sale of noodle bar Wagamama. The Japanese-style food chain has been sold by Lion Capital, advised by SJ Berwin, to Duke Street ­Capital for more than ­double what the private equity seller paid for the company in 2005. […]

Jonathan Sumption

Sumption’s Supreme Court elevation delayed by oligarch case

Brick Court silk Jonathan Sumption QC is to act as lead counsel for Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich in his legal showdown with rival Boris Berezovsky, delaying his expected appointment to the Supreme Court. The silk’s role on the case had looked in doubt because of mounting speculation that he is about to be elevated […]

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