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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 […]

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Free Representation Unit appoints its first director

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) was founded by a group of bar students who used to meet every week in the early 1970s in a smoke-filled room above the Griffin Inn on Clerkenwell Road. Some 33 years later, the FRU has finally gone professional, with the appointment of its first dedicated full-time director. “It used […]

The work-life quiz

Simon Hodson, senior partner, Beachcroft Wansboroughs What was your first-ever job? A warehouse assistant in a women’s make-up factory. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Coming to terms with having just four weeks holiday a year. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]

Administration doubts spared after Appeal Court ruling

The Court of Appeal has overturned a landmark decision handed down by the High Court that had caused widespread concern regarding the priority of certain employment liabilities in administrations. As first reported in The Lawyer (8 August), Mr Justice Peter Smith last month ruled in the case of Krasner v McMath that amounts due to […]

Deloitte-linked Raupach adds Frankfurt to stable

Deloitte & Touche associate firm Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff is to open in Frankfurt from October. The new office will be led jointly by Michael Meissner, who joined the firm in April from Jones Day Frankfurt, and Peter Fischer, currently on gardening leave from Lovells in Düsseldorf. Meissner told The Lawyer he expects the new office […]

Lester Aldridge moves to expel Salans-bound banking chief

The battle between Lester Aldridge and its former head of banking has taken another twist following an extraordinary statement from the firm last week. As first revealed on Lawyer News Weekly (10 August), Lester Aldridge announced that it had started expulsion proceedings against Kevin Heath, its former head of banking and finance, after discovering his […]

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