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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 […]


Eduardo Leite

Carnival atmosphere gives Bakers the platform to schmooze clients

Global model hammered home by arrival of Brazilian chairman. By Matt Byrne  The room in which The Lawyer meets Baker & Mckenzie’s new global chairman Eduardo Leite sitting alongside London head Gary Senior is dominated by a huge yellow-and-white painting of aeroplanes. The title? ­Taking off. It might be stretching the metaphor to breaking […]

Ogier and Carey Olsen join magic circle duo on £17bn GDF Suez deal

Offshore firms Ogier and Carey Olsen joined magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Linklaters and French independent Bredin Prat on one of the biggest M&A transactions to complete so far this year. Linklaters, Bredin Prat and Ogier advised GDF Suez on its £17.1bn investment in International Power, which closed 3 February. The deal sees GDF […]

Rachel and Matthew Guthrie

On the move

Mourant Ozannes has hired a husband and wife team from ­separate City law firms for its trust and employment litigation groups. Move of the week Rachel and Matthew Guthrie have joined the offshore firm as ­associates from Allen & Overy and Taylor Wessing respectively. Rachel’s practice focuses on employment law and litigation while Matthew is […]

Wim Dejonghe

A&O chief sympathetic but unrepentant on NI strategy

Allen & Overy (A&O) global managing partner Wim Dejonghe has defended his firm’s decision to ­relocate around 180 support roles from London to Belfast despite the redundancies this will entail. In an interview with The Lawyer Dejonghe admitted that, when he broke the news to his staff that their jobs could be on the line, […]

Brian Craig

Letter of law: Brian Craig, Lockheed Martin

As European GC at security company Lockheed Martin, Brian Craig not only deals with fighter jets and arms trafficking, but the more everyday matter of sorting your post. If you received a letter in the post this morning, chances are that Lockheed Martin was involved in its delivery. In the UK more than 60 million […]

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