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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 […]


Lawyer shortage forces changes to Singapore bar

Singapore authorities are radically overhauling the rules governing admittance to its bar in a bid to overcome a shortage of lawyers. The Second Committee on the Supply of Lawyers first convened two years ago. The shortage has been blamed on increased legal demand, as well as the amount of lawyers going in-house. To boost numbers […]

New-generation silks muscle in on top dogs

The bar’s heavyweights are being edged out of work from the leading City firms in favour of a new crop of leader silks. The results of a survey by The Lawyer reveal that heavyweight silks Lord Grabiner QC (One Essex Court), Gordon Pollock QC (Essex Court), Jonathan Sumption QC (Brick Court) and Lord Goldsmith QC […]

Dechert merges

Dechert partners have voted for a merger with Luxembourg firm Brucher & Seimetz, subject to approval by the Luxembourg bar. Bruchers is a two-partner firm, specialising in investment management. London senior partner Steven Fogel says Dechert now has a strong London investment management practice, and that Luxembourg is central in Europe for this type of […]

Lord Irvine takes up cause for specialist court in Birmingham

A leading Birmingham set has set up a taskforce to justify the introduction of the only administrative court outside London following discussions with the Lord Chancellor. Lord Irvine expressed an interest after the submissions of planning and environmental barristers Jeremy Cahill and Ian Dove of 5 Fountain Court. He visited the set after attending the […]

Burton Copeland embarks upon national drive with Liverpool office

White-collar crime firm Burton Copeland opens its new Liverpool office today (19 March) as part of a bid to become a national firm. The office will focus on all aspects of white-collar crime cases, and it is hoping to rival Liverpool firms such as Quinn Melville for fraud work. Commercial fraud partner Lesley Burrows, who […]

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