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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 […]


Books for all

Public libraries are in danger of going the way of the public phone box, Blockbuster stores and fax machines. But while no one really kicked up a fuss when phone boxes and Blockbuster started receding into irrelevance (except perhaps in the case of the former, when youths were caught short), libraries are a much more […]


Pinsent Masons partner joins Squire Sanders Hammonds as outsourcing head

Squire Sanders Hammonds has hired an IT and outsourcing specialist from Pinsent Masons to head its global outsourcing team. Garfield Smith joined Squire Sanders at the beginning of October as a partner and global head of the firm’s outsourcing and procurement team. His role will be to bring focus to the firm’s existing capabilities, working […]

Work Life Quiz: Vicky Sandry, BSkyB

What was your first-ever job? Saturday shop assistant in a village pharmacy. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Being invited to a ­completion as a bag carrier and actually having to carry the bags. The ­champagne did offset the humiliation somewhat. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out […]

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BLP called in to redraft £15bn RMBS transaction documents

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has acted for the issuers of 16 residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) worth £15bn, redrafting transaction documents in light of changes to the Direct Debit Scheme rules. The RMBS were originated by Paratus AMC, which was formerly GMAC RFC. BLP was charged with restructuring 13 RMAC RMBS, two Rathmount RMBS and one […]


White & Case: no loitering

Funny how multijurisdictional firms are viewed in binary. First, there’s the global elite made up of the super-profitable group of New York and London transactional firms. Then there are the internationalists. They may not be blessed with quite the same M&A heritage, but compared with the strategic sterility of much of the Sweet Sixteen many […]

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