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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 […]


HK man heads west

Mitch Gitin, the head of Baker & McKenzie’s US securities practice in Hong Kong, has been transferred to the firm’s London office to boost its central and east European securities practice. The firm now has a team of five US securities lawyers based in London. Gitin joined the firm in 1992 from US firm Skadden […]

Linklaters only UK firm on Chinese licence list

Linklaters is understood to be the only UK firm out of 20 foreign law firms which have just been granted licences to open new offices in China. The Lawyer revealed last week that Linklaters had been granted a licence for its unofficial Shanghai office. It has now become clear that it is the only UK […]

Lawyers expected to “vary' Diana's will

Princess Diana’s will is to be made public this week and her lawyers are expected to apply to vary it to make it easier for the princes to inherit her estate. It is understood her current will, drafted before her divorce from the Prince of Wales, only allows the princes to inherit the estate when […]


Frere Cholmeley Bischoff acted for Warner Estate Holdings on its £4.475m purchase of a portfolio of retail town centre properties from Ropner, advised by Lawrence Graham.

Conditional fee insurance is not a rip off

Far from being a genuine attempt to promote access to justice, Anthony Barton believes that lawyers’ support for legal aid constitutes little more than a thinly-veiled vested interest> Not long ago the Bar Council reportedly warned that the introduction of conditional fees to replace the civil legal aid would lead to the public being “ripped […]

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