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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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Law Society ballot bars the door to non-lawyers

Postal voters have rejected the Law Society’s plans to include non-lawyers as fee-paying society members. Around 17,500 valid postal votes were cast, with 40.5 per cent in favour of the changes and 59.5 per cent against. More than 138,000 papers were distributed to members, but only 12.8 per cent of these were cast as votes. […]

Lovells defies crunch: turnover up 15 per cent

Lovells has seen fee income increase 15 per cent over the first half of this year, up from £225m at the same point last year to £260m. Managing partner David Harris (pictured) said the counter cyclical nature of the firm’s practice has contributed to its strong performance, although he warned that given the economic climate […]

Hitachi Data Systems dials up new Emea GC

Technology company Hitachi Data Systems has hired its new general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) from telecoms company Cable & Wireless. Don Hughes, who was formerly deputy head of legal for the Europe, Asia and US businesses of Cable & Wireless, will be responsible for managing Hitachi’s international legal team from […]

CMS allies close to Moscow merger deal

The CMS network is close to reaching an agreement over a plan to merge the Moscow offices of CMS Cameron McKenna with its French and German allies. The plan would see the lawyers from Camerons unite with those from CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and CMS Hasche Sigle. The trio are set to sign an agreement […]

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Movember: ‘tache of the Titans – getting lippy

I feel I need to defend my face. “It’s for charity – people will be supportive”, I thought, naively. I feel I need to defend my face. “It’s for charity,” I thought, “people will be supportive”. But in reality the start of Team Tulkinghorn’s quest to grow a moustache for Movember has been marred by […]

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