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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 […]


Harbottles swaps managing partner in committee rejig

Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Samantha Phillips is to stand down from the role at the end of the firm’s financial year on 31 July. Another litigation partner, Lawrence Abramson, is due to take up the reins as Harbottles’ new managing partner on 1 August. At the same time, the firm is also set to expand its management committee […]

The Lawyer shatters PEP as success benchmark

One of the key financial measures of law firm success, profit per equity partner (PEP), has been overhauled in research by The Lawyer. The new figure, average profit per partner, includes all partners, not just equity. The remuneration of non-equity partners is added to the net profit and divided by the entire partnership. On this […]

Haarmann name partner quits after lockstep row

One of the founding partners of Haarmann Hemmelrath, Wilhelm Haarmann, is the leaving the firm he set up following a make-or-break meeting with managing partners over the weekend. In a statement issued to The Lawyer, Haarmann put his decision to leave down to differences in opinion over the ‘strategic orientation” of the firm. He said: […]

EY Law survives defections as Central European firms reaffirm commitment

The law firms in Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) Central European area have reaffirmed their commitment to EY Law Europe, despite a fresh round of departures from the network. As first reported on (18 July), at a meeting of E&Y’s Central European area earlier this month, ‘law’ was recognised as the fourth service line of the accountancy-tied practice […]


Gibson Dunn partner named in KPMG malpractice lawsuit

A litigation partner at US law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has been implicated in a $50m (£28.8m) accounting malpractice lawsuit filed against KPMG. A litigation partner at US law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has been implicated in a $50m (£28.8m) accounting malpractice lawsuit filed against KPMG. Los Angeles-based partner Cheryl Justice has been named in an application […]

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