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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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SFO drops Tchenguiz case

The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that its investigation into property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz has been dropped. The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that its investigation into property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz has been dropped. Last month, Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC questioned whether the SFO was fit for purpose after it admitted mistakes in […]

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SNR Denton’s Hall quits as Middle East managing partner

SNR Denton’s Middle East managing partner has quit the firm for personal reasons shortly after the firm appointed him to the leadership role as part of a strategy overhaul. Leigh Hall joined legacy firm Denton Wilde Sapt from Patton Boggs in 2007 (17 September 2007) when he was brought in to lead the firm’s Qatar […]

Is there an onus on the bonus?

The Dresdner banker bonus case is a hard one to call because its merits can be argued both ways The High Court recently handed victory to 104 bankers who brought claims against Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank for their bonuses. Mr Justice Owen handed down a second judgment saying that the bank was “highly reprehensible” and […]

Dewey’s Davis ditched from deadline deal

As The Lawyer has written before, Dewey & LeBoeuf partners have a twisted relationship with conference calls and other mass gatherings. It was during the merger talks between Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae in 2007 that London partners were split up into small groups to be told about the ultimately disastrous combination. […]

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