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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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Insurers face High Court claim

A group of major insurance companies is being taken to the High Court in a bid to force the companies to meet claims arising out of the construction of the Metrolink Light Rapid Transit System in Manchester in 1992. The insurers are being sued for breach of contact by WS Atkins Consultants of Epsom, which […]

Training for judges

Attorney General John Morris QC has announced that more training is planned for judges and government lawyers prior to the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law.

Just five of top 10 are euro-compliant

At least four of the top 10 UK firms have still not upgraded their IT systems to cope with the euro, despite claims that compliance is more complex than coping with the Millennium Bug. The launch of the euro in 11 EU countries is just eight months away, but the survey, conducted by The Lawyer, […]

Napier set to lead election challenge

Two of the Law Society’s heavyweights, Michael Napier and David McIntosh, are understood to be poised to run for office in this summer’s presidential elections. Although no formal announcement has been made, The Lawyer understands that Napier, senior partner at Irwin Mitchell, will stand against Michael Mathews for the presidency and McIntosh, senior partner with […]

When words mean everything

Are basic human rights being compromised for want of a qualified court interpreter? Graham Cross believes they are. Graham Cross is chairman of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. There is increasing concern about the quality of interpreting provided in this country for foreigners involved in legal or social procedures. Should we be worried? If […]

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