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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 […]


Garretts left hanging as Andersen caves in

Standalone firms desert international network; Tite & Lewis now in the frame The remains of the Andersen Legal network collapsed this week as the last members that could feasibly operate as standalone practices decided to quit.To add to the woes of UK member Garretts, the firm was left out in the cold as the accounting […]

Slating the Bar Council

Robin de Wilde QC has been elected to the Bar Council after accusing it of ‘pandering to the Government’. Jon Robins asks: can he repeat the success he had in the 1980s with rebel barrister group the Slate? It doesn’t take much to cause a stir in the rarified atmosphere of the Inns of Court. […]

A&O opens German real estate practice

Allen & Overy (A&O) is stepping up its international real estate strategy with the formation of a new German real estate group based in its Frankfurt office The group is targeting real estate work as a standalone function, as well as supporting other areas of the firm, in line with plans introduced when Adam Cleal […]

Deals Summary

Allen & Overy (Giancarlo Castorino) advised Merrill Lynch on the first collateral bond obligation transaction in Italy, which involved the securitisation of e889m (£544m) bonds issued by 117 different banks. Deutsche Bank and Société Générale also advised by A&O in Italy. Ashurst Morris Crisp (Simon Thrower) advised Crédit Industriel et Commercial on the leveraged buyout […]

Northern Irish Assembly causes local unrest in slew of external appointments

Irish government accused of ‘straight to London’ attitude as Northern Irish firms fail to win £100,000-plus contracts The Northern Irish Assembly has outraged lawyers in the province with its appointments for parliamentary bill drafting. No local Northern Irish law firms are on the panel and only one of the appointees, KLegal member McGrigor Donald, has […]

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