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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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In brief: Elliott & Co squashes Freeman rumours

Elliott & Company has denied merger rumours linking it with City practice DJ Freeman. Senior partner Geoffrey Lord says the claims probably originated out of a social meeting between himself and Freeman’s head of insurance David Kendall, but he insists there is no truth behind them. But he says if Freemans, “a very highly thought-of […]

NHS 'super panel' set to attract medical negligence lawyers

MEDICAL negligence lawyers are to be invited to tender for a “super panel” serving a new national defence fund for NHS trusts which could put the squeeze on legal fees. So far 343 NHS trusts have signed up to the voluntary Clinical Negligence Scheme that was set up by the Government earlier this year to […]

Mystery firms court high fliers with £400,000 salaries

MEDIUM-SIZED UK firms and US practices are using £400,000 salaries as bargaining chips to entice top-flight UK solicitors on board. Legal recruitment advisers Taylor Root have placed advertisements in the legal press offering six-figure pay packets of up to £400,000 to lawyers specialising in sectors that include banking, private client, and telecomms. Legal sources claim […]

Bloomfielde berates society

LAW Society honorary auditor Leonard Bloomfield has fired a colourful broadside at Chancery Lane, raising fears that local societies are daring to debate issues like poverty. In the annual report, Bloomfield appears outraged that seminars by an office he investigated had titles like ‘Social law and the relief of poverty’. “The society’s assets and other […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 18/07/95

Privileged communications between client and solicitor Barclays Bank v Eustice (1995) CA (Butler-Sloss LJ, Aldous LJ and Schiemann LJ) 6/7/95. Summary: Communications between solicitor and client relating to a proposed undervalue transaction to be disclosed. Defendant’s appeal against an order made on the application of the plaintiff bank under s.423 Insolvency Act 1986 and an […]

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