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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 […]


Electric Hugh driver

News of a welcome antidote to midlife crisis-suffering managing partners who are perhaps overcompensating for deficits in other departments reached Tulkinghorn recently. There were no Ferraris in sight when the first judge to join a law firm, Sir Hugh Laddie, turned up for his first day of work at Willoughby & Partners. Laddie’s first request […]

MFB wins ECJ date to solve jurisdiction conundrum

Maritime law firm MFB Solicitors has won a referral to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on a key question regarding arbitration governance. The point at issue is whether a court of a member state can grant an anti-suit injunction to restrain a party from bringing proceedings in a court of another member state where […]

A&O fights BSkyB’s corner in Ofcom takeover inquiry

Ofcom has launched the first public interest inquiry of Allen & Overy client BSkyB following a ministerial intervention, it emerged last week. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling asked the media regulator to look into whether or not BSkyB’s purchase of a 17.9 per cent stake in ITV last November presented a […]

Ashurst and finers reunite on tragus job

Ashurst and Finers Stephens Innocent have reunited to advise Tragus, the owner of the Café Rouge and Bella Italia chains. The firms acted for Tragus on its £14.14m acquisition of Ma Potter’s restaurants. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, led by partner Nick Brown, advised the sellers on the sale of the 16 bar and restaurant […]

FFW overhauls partnership structure

Field Fisher Waterhouse has revamped its partnership structure to create the new rank of fixed-share partners. The move comes as the firm promotes four lawyers to the partnership, all of which are joining as fixed-share partners. The firm’s partnership now has a three tiers, consisting of fixed-share, junior partners and equity partners. The new partners […]

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