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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 […]


Belgium, Italy under fire for non-liberalisation

The European Commission has slammed Belgium and Italy, claiming that the two countries have made no efforts whatsoever to liberalise their legal systems. The Commission has threatened legal action if countries fail to liberalise. EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said national governments should “tackle anticompetitive regulatory restrictions in the professions”, but stressed that the Commission […]


Shore things?

Some believe their days are numbered, but offshore trusts could well be due a renaissance. Andrew Penney investigates

Lovells streamlines management

Lovells is radically overhauling its international executive in a move that will result in the number of partners sitting on the City firm’s main leadership body being slashed. According to well placed sources, the executive, which currently includes the heads of Lovells’ five practice streams, will be reduced to four with the head of the […]

Deals Comment

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Travers Smith have taken the lead in a prospective bidding war for bookstore chain Ottakar’s after securing roles advising the management buyout (MBO) team and Phoenix Equity Partners respectively. They won the mandates after the chain’s founders launched a £79m MBO bid late last month through newly-formed company Book […]

Kirkland launches second raid on Shearman

Kirkland & Ellis has made a second raid on the London office of Shearman & Sterling for a three-person litigation and arbitration team. The second raid follows the arrival of Chris Colbridge, who joined Kirkland from Shearman in July to launch the Chicago firm’s standalone litigation and arbitration practice in London. Rajinder Bassi joins Kirkland […]

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