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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 […]


Food and Leisure

A new breed of international investor is eyeing up the UK food and leisure industry sparking a rash of complex big money deals that offer rich pickings for private practice. David Wigan and Claire Smith report. When United Biscuits (UB) was sold to an international consortium last month the headline writers had a ball: ‘Crunch […]


Regular readers will remember that last month I said how easy legal journalism was – you just sit in court and write down what people say. Technology has moved on and the job is now even easier. Four weeks ago I mentioned the unsolicited email I received from the head of litigation at a City […]

Edge Ellison partner quits to go in-house with ITNET

Edge Ellison partner Andrew Batchelor is quitting the firm to go in-house with IT outsourcing company ITNET. Batchelor will replace Andrew Williams as head of legal when he joins on 3 July in a move that may see new work for his current practice. Batchelor told The Lawyer that Edge Ellison could well win work […]

Quote of the week

“I knew the deputy court judge was a Freemason because we are in the same lodge, but the idea that I would dismiss an appeal [against his ruling] because he was a fellow member of my lodge is ridiculous.” – Lord Millett on a European case where a litigant is attempting to “upset a will” […]

The Firm

Minutes of an extraordinary meeting between Tom Henderson and Jack Pratchard to discuss potential new partners at The Firm. Henderson: So Jack, it’s that time of year again and we can’t carry on using that dodgy French ruse of not promoting anyone. At the rate we’re losing partners there’ll soon be only you, me and […]

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