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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 […]


Cuts in justice system are criminal

It is politically safe to hammer the lawyer but the Government should not be sold on the myth that criminal law is there for the benefit of the villain, says John Cooper. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Square and a TV scriptwriter. Apparently no one is queueing for the Faith Zone […]

Axa suspends Berrymans and Kennedys for protocol breach

Berrymans’ London office and Kennedys’ Brentwood branch were suspended after an audit found that the two firms failed to comply with certain protocols set out by Axa for panel firms that handle high volume insurance litigation claims. The firm’s offices are also not allowed to deal with agency work – new claims which have been […]

Overhaul planned to avoid Pach collapse

The Bar Council’s pupillage application scheme, which was facing ruin after leading commercial chambers threatened to pull out, has been granted a reprieve. A row erupted last year between Blackstone Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square over the Pupillage Application Clearing House scheme (Pach). The argument was fuelled when several leading commercial sets voiced concerns […]

Allen & Overy appoints M&A and PFI partners

Allen & Overy is poaching a corporate partner from Ashurst Morris Crisp and a lawyer from the Government’s Treasury project taskforce. Jeremy Parr should be joining A&O from Ashursts in May, but the date has not been finalised. David Lee has joined A&O’s public/private partnerships and private finance initiative department as a partner. Parr specialises […]

Montblanc case not unique

In your article “Trademark regulations strengthened” (The Lawyer, 10 January) Dawn Osborne is quoted as suggesting that new law was being made in the Montblanc case (“In other major passing off cases the products have all been on the market…But in this one we got an interim injunction before it ever got on to the […]

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