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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 […]


Woman chastener

Freshfields unveils plan to address lack of female partnership candidates Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s plans for female partner candidate targets each year drew plenty of comments on The criticism? It encourages discrimination against men. It seems the firm will not be doing anything so discriminatory. If the plans under discussion go through, it will merely […]

Andy Coulson

Andy Coulson turns to DLA Piper to fight perjury charges

DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards will represent former News of the World (NoW) editor Andy Coulson in his bid to “vigorously contend” perjury charges relating to the Tommy Sheridan trial. Coulson was formally charged by Strathclyde Police on Wednesday evening over evidence he gave in Sheridan’s 2010 perjury trial, the longest-running case of its type […]

Lord Judge to hear Twitter bomb hoax case after High Court stalemate

The Twitter bomb hoax case is to be heard by the most senior judge in the land after two High Court judges failed to reach agreement on the matter. The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge will chair a specially convened panel of three High Court judges at the end of the month in a bid […]

Unfriendly fire for IPO regulations

The Facebook class action may change the way brokers communicate with their clients It was a mere three business days after the launch of Facebook’s much-anticipated public offering before the company, its officers and underwriters landed in court. Disappointed ­investors, sitting on stock worth far less than they had paid for it, ­commenced a class […]

Simon Beswick

Osborne Clarke posts revenue rise ahead of European mergers

Osborne Clarke has posted its financial results for the 2011-12 financial year, revealing an 8 per cent rise in revenue and a 1 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP). The firm, which is set to roll out a merger with the Italian and Spanish members of its European alliance (29 March […]

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