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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 […]


White collar crime isn't paying

The mega fraud trials of recent years have failed to net results. Grania Langdon-Down examines what can be done Five years ago, the first Guinness trial raised the curtain on a series of expensive marathon fraud trials intended to serve as a high-profile crackdown on the commercial excesses of the 1980s. Today, the latest in […]

Couple sues firm for severe 'disruption' of lives

A FIRM is being sued over a property deal which allegedly caused a couple to live and work from a hotel for a month and twice postpone a holiday to Italy. The writ, drawn up by Islington-based Bolt Burdon, has been issued against Chesham firm Richardson Smith & Co. Richardson Smith partner Linda Wood says […]

Belfast school top of the class in mock trial contest

THIS YEAR’S National Mock Trial Competition winner is Our Lady of St Patrick’s College from Belfast. Lord Chief Justice Taylor presided over the grand final of the competition for state secondary schools held at Southwark Crown Court on 25 March. Sixteen schools took part in the finals, but in total 1,800 pupils have taken the […]

IoW moves under way

* Lawyers from Medina Borough Council and South Wight Borough Council are transferring to the newly-created Isle of Wight Council. At the end of March a legal executive moved from Medina, while a solicitor and part-time legal executive made the switch from South Wight. The two authorities are being abolished as part of the local […]

Jonathan Isted examines a new twist in the discovery debate

The recommendations in Lord Woolf’s interim report to the Lord Chancellor will send a shiver down the spine of any litigator who routinely deploys discovery “siege gun” tactics in the conduct of large cases. It is well known that the existing rules of Order 24 provide the opportunity for the parties and their advisers to […]

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