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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 […]


Harbottles promotes four

Harbottle & Lewis has promoted four associates to the partnership. The firm has made up Leo Marino in the property department, publishing group head Caroline Turner, employment litigator Joanne Twiss and finance specialist Alison Wilds. Harbottles also made Wilds head of the aviation and finance group and promoted David Scott to the position of senior […]

Lovells swoops on Freshfields for business development boss

Lovells has created the new role of European business development manager, appointing Jill Warren from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Lovells managing partner for Continental Europe Harald Seisler said: “It’s essential that we have this. In the last year we’ve improved profits considerably, but we now want to increase the quality of work.” “It’s closer to the […]

Mecom continues growth with hire of London GC

Respected former Pearson and 3 general counsel Paul Vickers has re-emerged at burgeoning publishing company Mecom. Vickers joined Mecom last week (2 July) as general counsel and company secretary with a remit to build a legal and company secretarial function. Since its AIM listing in March 2005 Mecom has transformed from a cash shell to […]

Bircham expenses blamed for PEP dip

Bircham Dyson Bell has posted a turnover of £31.5m for 2006-07, up 7 per cent from last year’s £30.1m. But average profit per equity partner (PEP) is projected to slump by around 12 per cent, from £310,000 to £270,000. Managing partner Guy Vincent said the results did fall slightly short of expectations, but that the […]

Microsoft appoints new head of legal

Microsoft UK has restructured its legal department, promoting commercial lawyer Dervish Tayyip to manage the legal group. Tayyip replaces Gillian Austin, who left Microsoft at the end of 2006. Before starting his new role, Tayyip managed the legal support for Microsoft’s services business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Tayyip joined Microsoft in 1999 […]

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