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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 […]


Vote now for 1999 Legal personality

The lines are open for the profession to vote for the Fifth Annual Lawyer Awards Legal Personality of the Year. Held on 22 June, in the Great Room, Grosvenor House, London, the evening will once again celebrate and recognise excellence within the legal profession. There are 20 other categories at this year’s ceremony, including Chambers […]

Case of the Week

In an unprecedented move, the fate of former Labour MP Fiona Jones (left) – whose conviction for submitting misleading expenses claims has been quashed by the High Court – is to be decided in court, not Parliament. Speaker Betty Boothroyd is instructing the Attorney-General to apply to the High Court for a ruling. Jones lost […]

Freshfields boosts Paris office with London heavyweight.

Freshfields is to boost its corporate practice in Paris by flying in a heavyweight from its London office. Gavin Darlington, the former head of the corporate department, is to move to Paris on 1 May. A spokeswoman for the firm says Darlington’s move is designed to underline the importance of continental Europe in developing the […]

The Firm

Pratchard here. Tremendous news for you to spread among friends, fellow lawyers and the press. Fees for 98/99 rocketed to £20m, profits per partner up to £160,000, investment up, new clients up. Everything is up! Well done. Spread this joyous news. Now for the real figures, which are slightly disappointing once again. Fees are up, […]

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society council has voted to appoint a director general to head the society. The new figurehead will be the public face of the society and will take a role in policy formation. The council deferred a decision on whether the new role should be filled by a solicitor.

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