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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 […]


Littletons wins charity race

An embarrassed Littleton Chambers has yet again won the cup for the Fastest Legal Services Team – in the Wooden Spoon Society’s (WSS) Relay Marathon held late last month. The commercial and civil law set is a little embarrassed because it has won the cup every year since it began sponsoring it five years ago. […]

Lambeth offloads 20 lawyers as it scraps its in-house team

The Borough of Lambeth has effectively scrapped its in-house legal team, shedding several staff members and putting around 10 others out to six small practices scattered around the country. Lambeth councillors voted last year to externalise 85 per cent of the borough’s legal work in an attempt to revamp its image. Lambeth’s head of legal […]

County Court clears Makin

High-profile Liverpool solicitor Rex Makin has been cleared of accusations of professional negligence in the case of a couple whose son died at the Hillsborough disaster. Judge Previte, sitting at Central London County Court, said Makin had been abusive to the couple, but found their claims “exaggerated”. The case centred around David and Maureen Church, […]


Manches & Co acted for Novembre Properties on its purchase of Salford City Shopping Centre from Land Securities advised by Simmons & Simmons and Hillier Parker. Merita Bank, advised by DJ Freeman, financed the purchase.

Survey verdict: could do better

Law firms have to do better across the board is the verdict delivered by this year’s survey on financial management in law firms. The research, conducted by Coopers & Lybrand for The Lawyer, reveals that despite increased billings per partner and overall profitability, these increases are not as strong as current economic conditions might suggest. […]

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