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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 […]


Case of the week

The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) has been accused of sexism after letting former training manager Judy Owen (pictured) know who wears the trousers in the office. Owen, who was ordered to change into a skirt after arriving for her first day at work in trousers, is taking the PGA to an employment tribunal alleging sex […]

All change at Allen & Overy

As Allen & Overy’s plans for European expansion come good it has ousted its senior partner for a younger man. Ryan Dunleavy reports on the goings on at A&O. You can forgive John Rink, Allen & Overy’s managing partner, for feeling just a little bit pleased with himself. The magic circle firm has just announced […]

Will tax laws give start-ups a break?

Gordon Brown’s Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme, to be announced this week, aims to give tax breaks to small businesses. The forum looks at the changes and asks are they enough? City lawyers are divided over the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plans to introduce tax breaks to small and start-up companies. Gordon Brown revealed the tax […]

Hammond Suddards boasts record profit

Hammond Suddards’ turnover has hit a record high over the past six months, breaking through the firm’s £40m ceiling. Income at the firm has increased by 18 per cent from May to October in comparison to figures for the same months in 1998. Hammond Suddards’ partner numbers have increased from 84 in 1998, to 100 […]

Brown & Wood snaps up Simmons capital partner

Simmons & Simmons has lost another top partner, this time to US firm Brown & Wood. Leading capital markets lawyer John Russell, who co-founded Simmons’ securities practice, joins the London office of Brown & Wood today (Monday). Russell is the eighth partner to leave Simmons this year and the third in two months. In October, […]

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