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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 […]


Mudge Rose toughs out crisis period

TROUBLED New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon is reportedly in crisis following failed attempts to secure a merger partner. The 190-lawyer practice, which once courted Coudert Brothers, last week lost its executive committee chair John Kirby who resigned his position after partnership disputes. He remains a partner. White collar defence lawyer Kenneth […]

Top US firms show good results

THE Top 100 US law firms have shown an across the board upturn of nearly five per cent, following a three-year period of slow growth. But the positive numbers conceal extremes within the US legal market, according to American Lawyer magazine. For those firms which reported positive results in 1994 it was a good year. […]

In the docks/aid advice. Undercover protection force

The publicity for World Aids Day has put one giant condom on the Paris obelisk and floated another across the Thames. But few are aware that the Terrence Higgins Trust runs a legal advice service for HIV and AIDS-related problems. Although the Helpline is well-known, the trust’s legal services group recently decided its legal advice […]

A fair division of labour

Women lawyers are making their mark in local government, reaching top posts in authorities across the country. For many, local government offers varied work, good career prospects, a commitment to equal opportunities, flexible working arrangements and a respite from the old boys’ network of private practice. While the number of women at the most senior […]

Privacy. Intruders not welcome here

The latest invasion of Royal privacy in The Housekeeper’s Diary by Wendy Berry has once again focused attention on our privacy laws and those which exist abroad. Parallels have been drawn with the Spycatcher affair when the UK Government was unable to prevent the publication of Peter Wright’s memoirs in Australia. Prince Charles intends to […]

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