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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 […]

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A Lord Chancellor equal to the fight

After 10 years at the helm the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, is to step down at the General Election in May. And what an eventful 10 years it has been. Law reform has taken on a new meaning with Lord Mackay. Lord Woolf says Lord Mackay has earned a place in the history books – […]

In brief: Use your telephone vote

VOTES are already flooding in by post for the prestigious The Lawyer/HIFAL Personality of the Year Award. Now The Lawyer has set up a 24-hour telephone voting hotline. Last year the former Law Society president Martin Mears was the profession’s choice. This year the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, Cherie Booth QC, Law Society president […]

Council moves

M Milton Keynes Council has appointed Mark Jones as head of legal and property services. Jones will join the council in April from Barnet Council where he was chief litigation solicitor. Meanwhile Melinda Davies, who is principal solicitor at Welwyn Hatfield Council, has been promoted to head of legal services. Davies, who previously worked at […]

Robot helps tackle the caseload

The legal software house, Solicitec, is introducing a “robot” to its office case management system for law firms. The company says its Solcase Robot adds increased automation to existing workflow procedures. The concept, which aims to save time by means of built-in actions, already exists in other professions, such as banking. Managing director Neil Ewin […]

Tony Girling/CPS. Why CPSD must stay independent

The underlying principle when the CPS was established was, as I understand, that it should be an independent, professional service. This, I think, means that while relations between the police and the CPS should not be in any way adversarial, nor should the CPS be in the pocket of the police. I have some fear […]

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