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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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Thompsons snaps up rival to create union giant

Thompsons has merged with rival Rowley Ashworth, making the largest trade union firm in the UK. Tom Jones Thompsons head of policy and public affairs Tom Jones said it was a “coming together” of two like-minded firms. “The logic to this is that our clients overlap,” he said. “They were the other major trade union […]

Thomas Eggar doubles partner promotions

South East firm Thomas Eggar has promoted four new partners, up from two last year. The new partners are: Sarah Phillips in tax, Garry Ramsden in aviation, Robert Kenyon in dispute resolution and David Fanchi in real estate. The firm has also promoted 10 new associates, compared with six in 2008. Managing partner Tony Edwards […]

Dorsey & Whitney partner sacked after FSA inquiry

The Dorsey & Whitney partner at the heart of a Financial Services Authority (FSA) insider trading case has been sacked by the firm. London corporate partner Andrew Rimmington faces charges along with former McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael McFall over their involvement inNovartis’ 2006 takeover of Manchester-based biotech company NeuTec. Rimmington’s details were removed from the Dorsey […]

Simpson Thacher, Links land Alliance Boots roles

Linklaters and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have won instructions on Alliance Boots’ £400m debt buyback. Simpson Thacher London partner Ian Barratt and New York partner Mark Pflug advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the deal, which will see the private equity house buy back a portion of the debt used to finance its 2007 buyout […]

Field Fisher sheds four partners at Paris office

FIELD FISHER Waterhouse has restructured its Paris branch, leading to the loss of four of the seven partners who founded the office two years ago. The move will see the French practice fully integrated into the firm, replacing the profit-sharing joint venture that has been in place since 2007. Six of the 10 Paris partners […]

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