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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 […]


City firms lose ground to West End

TOP City law firms deny they are being squeezed out of important business by their medium-sized rivals despite new statistics out this week. The figures show that the number of assistants at the top 10 City firms has dropped below 1992 levels, and that assistants’ salary rates have fallen for the first time in living […]

Rival franchise groups floated

THE LAW Society is setting up a system for on-going consultation with franchise-holders as practitioners debate whether or not to set up a break-away association. Birmingham solicitor Graham McGrath is floating the idea of an independent organisation to represent the interests of franchised firms. “Clearly the interests of those who are not franchised may be […]

Martin Hill denies insurers are avoiding settlement of claims

Martin Hill The insurance industry will never be popular, but I want to defend it against the charges that it is looking for ways to avoid claims. The problem arises from the extreme financial pressures insurers are under. The over-capacity of the late 1980s and subsequent recession, with its recession-led claims, have resulted in the […]


Northern Leisure was advised by Herbert Smith on its u4.5m debenture stock issue.

Smile, you're on video camera

Lawyers have been getting on their bikes, switching to the bus and even taking to the water to beat the rail strike. Meanwhile, lawyers in the Yorkshire and London offices of Dibb Lupton Broomhead have been taking things easy. The firm has recently unveiled a video conference facility which allows partners and clients to link […]

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