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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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Survey shows small firms are losing out

Economic recovery is bringing increased profitability to law firms, although the benefits are unevenly spread, according to the sixth Survey in Financial Management in Law Firms. The survey, conducted by Coopers & Lybrand in association with The Lawyer, found that large and medium-sized firms are ahead of small firms in terms of financial performance. Only […]

In brief: Pinsents' Fitton wins rights of audience

A solicitor at Pinsent Curtis’ Birmingham office has attained higher court rights of audience. Chris Fitton, a professional indemnity lawyer specialising in financial services, joins a group of around 400 lawyers in the country with the qualification. Fitton, who becomes an associate at the firm on 1 May, joined Pinsents in 1994. A former barrister, […]

Property

Davies Wallis Foyster advised St Modwen Developments on the £4.25m sale of town centre shopping centre The Gerard Centre, Ashton-in-Makerfield, to Hollins Murray, advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co.

Tax reviewed as self-assessment arrives

Firms are gearing up to the tough new self-assessment tax regime as the fiscal year came to an end on 5 April. Many firms have been reviewing their most appropriate year end over the past few months. Those that opted for an accounting period ending on 31 March have 10 months – until 31 January […]

Global plans for legal web site

Elizabeth Davidson reports AN ambitious plan to create a web site which will signpost every piece of legal information ever put on the Internet worldwide, has been hatched in Manchester. Business Legal Support, which provides training for lawyers and designs web sites, launched its World of Law site at the end of June. It aims […]

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