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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 […]


Eversheds and Jaques to reveal all

NATIONAL law firm Eversheds and City-based Jaques & Lewis are set to announce the result of their merger talks. Discussions have reached an advanced stage and a formal announcement is expected next week. For the moment, however, both firms are remaining tight-lipped about the developments. If the merger goes ahead, as expected, it will create […]

UK firms clean up

UK law firms are cleaning up in Europe and keeping the Americans at bay, a new report reveals. And City firms consistently hit the top of the charts in the ‘Financial lawyers on lawyers 1995′ report on clients’ favourite firms. Clifford Chance emerges as the dominant player world-wide, while Norton Rose provides the best level […]

Seddons wins Barclays appeal

Barclays: £1.8m pay-out Rolfe Roseman, a litigation partner with West End firm Seddons, has put his firm on the City map with what may become a landmark victory against a bank. The Court of Appeal ordered Barclays Bank to make a u1.8 million interim payment and to pay substantial costs to Crimpfil, a company that […]

In brief: Steyn appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary

Lord Justice Steyn, a Lord Justice of Appeal since 1992, has been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Mr Justice Otton, who sits in the High Court, will take over the Appeal Court position. Mr Justice Otton has been in the High Court since 1983.

In brief: Calows partner jailed for false accounting

A former partner of London law firm Calow Easton has been jailed for a year. Simon Easton was convicted of three charges of false accounting at Southwark Crown Court. Judge Robin Laurie said that Easton senselessly threw away an “enormously successful” career to help a greedy client pay a divorce bill. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau […]

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