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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 […]


Dibbs forced to put Scots tie-up on hold

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s planned merger with Scottish firm Bird Semple has been put on hold. The firms have been forced to delay the tie-up because Bird Semple’s senior private client equity partners are digging in their heels, claim sources. It is understood that Dibbs has asked Bird Semple to split up its private client department […]

Barrister in the doghouse

Stephen Rich told Newcastle Crown Court that he was looking after a bull mastiff for a friend as he prepared the case of a client accused of making a threat to kill and aggravated burglary. When he momentarily left the room, Nalla, a one-year-old bitch, devoured half of his copy of a closed circuit TV […]

Bar Magic Circle poised to expand

All four magic circle chambers have now either acquired new premises that could accommodate expansion or are in the market to do so. Fountain Court is looking for extra space and One Essex Court is known to be in negotiations with the Inns for further premises. Essex Court Chambers has just acquired approximately 13,000 sq […]

DAC loses banking team to Osborne Clarke

Department chief Chris Sykes joins as a partner and will head up the banking group at his new firm. He is accompanied by partner John Hayward and two assistants.- Akmal Ghauri and Celena Ong – who also join the banking department. The departures leave DAC with just two banking partners – John Nelmes and Paul […]

Battens claims first with private banking group

South west law firm Battens is launching its own private banking group in a move which it claims is a first for the legal profession. The six office, 22-partner firm will be able to offer its private clients specialist deposit and mortgage schemes, investment and fund management and personal tax advice as well as its […]

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