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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 […]


BLP rolls out people management scheme

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to put all of its partners through a rigorous internal training programme to improve their people- management skills. The move stems from BLP’s career development framework for associates and will see the partners put through five two-hour sessions over the next six months. BLP head of training and development Patrick […]

Brand new approach

Modern firms need a brand identity. The right training can be a cost-effective way to ensure a consistent message. By Fiona Cunningham In conducting a review of training needs, matters such as increasing knowledge and developing skills are taken as read. These are the expected outputs from any investment in training, but with planning and […]

Leo Abse hires Welsh-speaking lawyer duo

South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has hired two solicitors to reaffirm its commitment to practising in Welsh. Awen Mellick joins the 14-partner firm’s wills and estates group from Gwent-based Gabb and Co and Dylan Roberts joins the commercial team from Eversheds‘ Cardiff office. Managing partner Ian Hopkins commented: “Other firms will have Welsh […]

Celebrity libel actions double in a year

Celebrity libel actions have more than doubled during the last year as the English courts have witnessed a dramatic increase in the total number of defamation cases. There were 20 celebrity libel cases in the courts in the 2005-06 financial year, compared to just nine the previous year, according to legal information providers Sweet & […]

M&A teams face threat from associate drought

London’s top City firms are struggling to cope with the M&A boom due to a drought in corporate assistants that has left them unable to adequately man deals. According to exclusive research by The Lawyer, firms have hit a brick wall in trying to recruit corporate assistants with two to four years’ PQE. Berwin Leighton […]

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