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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 […]



The Personal Injury Bar Association (Piba) was set up in March 1995 to represent barristers in England and Wales who specialise in this area of practice. According to the secretary of the group, Matthias Kelly, one of the reasons why it was set up was because the interests of PI barristers were not being covered […]

Practice's Abu Dhabi staff make the grade

City-based law firm Richards Butler has made two of its Abu Dhabi office partners. They are Mohammed Syed and Rhys Lewis. Syed is an advocate to the High Court of Pakistan and a member of both the Punjab Bar Council and the International Bar Association. Lewis qualified in the UK in 1987 and has worked […]


NI practice takes action to boost hourly rates

Belfast firm O’Reilly Stewart is this week campaigning to improve the hourly rate paid to Northern Ireland solicitors. Peter Smith QC will represent the firm in front of the Taxing Master, Christopher Napier, in a hearing of objections being held on Monday and Tuesday. The claim refers to fees for a senior partner from O’Reilly […]

In brief: Bird Semple sees benefits of Taiwan tubes

Scottish law firm Bird Semple has scooped the prestige appointment of legal adviser to Taiwan group Chunghwa Picture Tubes, which is building a £250 million factory in Lanarkshire employing 3,000 workers. Semple is advising on a range of issues, including the purchase or leasing of equipment and machinery. Chunghwa manufactures computer display monitors. Bird Semple […]

Set blazes trail of fixed cost services

A London chambers has drawn up a pioneering scheme to provide advocacy services to law firms under fixed contracts in a preparation for the threatened shake-up of the legal aid system. One King’s Bench Walk fears chambers may be sidelined if government plans to farm out legal aid to law firms under contract go ahead. […]

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