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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 […]


A drop in the ocean

These pages regularly feature tales of the charity and generosity that feature so prominently at some of the legal market’s top firms. Tulkinghorn has lost count of the thousands of pounds raised by some of the UK’s finest legal brains. So when he received a press release last week from DLA Piper, gently inquiring whether […]

Allen & Overy battles £26.2m pension hole

Allen & Overy battles £26.2m pension hole” />Allen & Overy (A&O) partners have been subsidising a multi-million-pound hole in the firm’s staff pension fund for the past four years, it has emerged. The total deficit stood at £26.2m, or £85,000 per partner, at the end of the 2005 financial year, the most recent year for […]

DLA Piper kicks off DCM practice with A&O hire

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has taken the first step in building up a debt capital markets (DCM) practice with the appointment of an Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate as a partner in its London banking group. Sharon Smith has focused on securitisation as well as vanilla debt transactions. Her appointment marks the firm’s […]

Birthday honours for lawyers

Pritchard Englefield’s managing partner Stuart McInnes received an MBE in the Queen’s 80th birthday honours list. John Fitzpatrick, director of the Kent Law Clinic, received an OBE, as did Judge John Phillips; Neil Franklin, chief crown prosecutor at the CPS; Martin Polen, president of the Environmental Law Foundation; Leo Scoon, a solicitor at the Law […]

NatWest Three lawyer criticises courts

The lawyer acting for the three former NatWest bankers facing extradition to the US today slammed the UK and European courts after the trio’s final appeal failed. In a letter to Jeffrey Green Russell partner Mark Spragg, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said there was no reason to stay the ‘NatWest Three’s’ extradition […]

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