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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 […]


In brief: Family group plans fund-raising event

The Family Rights Group is holding a reception for family law practitioners next month in a bid to raise funds for child protection work. The 2 November event, the first of its kind, will be hosted by Dame Margaret Booth DBE, patron of the FRG’s financial appeal. Appeal committee members include Alan Levy QC and […]

Seizing the impetus for reform

David Thomas is a council member and partner at Lees Lloyd Whitely, Liverpool. Those who expected confrontation between the new president and the council at the September Law Society Council meeting were disappointed. Sweetness and light abounded, despite differences in opinion. The council recognised the new president has a democratic mandate and will consider his […]

Garretts takes Arista

Helen Sage reports City firm Garrett & Co has placed a six-figure sum software order with Axxia Systems for its practice management system Arista. The firm, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, opted for the system after investigating a total of eight solutions. Partner Keith Barnett said: “Whatever system we chose had to guarantee accurate […]

Are you really being served?

Over the past five years, we have examined the bank statements of more than 70 solicitors and small businesses, and have saved them over £1 million. These savings come from three main sources. First, the contract with the bank, usually in the form of an arrangement letter, is often ignored. Unless the law firm has […]

Mistaken statistics

The response of the Society of Black Lawyers to The Freedom Association’s expose of the Commission for Racial Equality’s false claim that “Only 1 per cent of solicitors in England are from ethnic minority groups” is disappointing. The CRE did not just get the fact wrong. It chose this “fact” to illustrate the failure of […]

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