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Walker Morris team explores opportunities in new entry-level exception sites and starters homes

By Richard Sagar, Karl Anders, Graham Whiteford, Josh Kitson Introduction This briefing note, prepared by the Walker Morris Planning Environment Team, explores the opportunities presented in the new National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF2“). Specifically, the opportunities to obtain planning permission for new entry-level exception sites consisting of affordable housing for first-time buyers on previously unallocated […]

FCA published near-final rules amending the jurisdiction for SMEs and guarantors

By Paul Gair The FCA yesterday released its policy statement (PS18/21) on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper (CP18/31) detailing proposals for increasing […]

Walker Morris litigation specialists reviews regulator’s proposals for dealing with push payment fraud

By Louise Power, Rachel Elgar Banking & Finance Litigation specialists Louise Power and Rachel Elgar report on the Payment Systems Regulator’s (PSR) recent proposals for dealing with push payment fraud. What is push payment fraud? Payments are described as ‘push payments’ when the payer obtains the payee’s account details and instructs their bank to send (or push) […]

Impact of 2019 budget proposals on Dutch’s buyout sector

The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch buyout sector. Some of these measures may result in a higher effective tax burden if appropriate action is not taken…

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In brief: SFA lawyer moves to Hammond Suddards

Securities and Futures Authority (SFA) legal adviser Susan Dunnett is the latest to join Hammond Suddards expanding banking and financial services group, following the recruiting of Bruce Gardner from SJ Berwin. Dunnett was assistant solicitor at Theodore Goddard before becoming senior legal adviser at the SFA. The group also recently recruited barrister Iona Levine, a […]

Extradition moves

Representatives of the Home Office have made a “firm offer” to Spanish lawyers to visit their counterparts in the UK so that British drug barons and money launderers who are operating from the Costa del Sol can be extradited without “hiccups”. Home Office Parliamentary under-secretary with responsibility for drugs, Tom Sackville, made the offer to […]

Solicitors counter conveyancing threat

Surrey solicitors are planning to set up a property centre to directly compete against estate agent Hambro Countrywide’s new in-house convey- ancing service. And, in a separate development which will increase the pressure on solicitors to respond to growing competition, the Halifax Building Society is poised to unveil a new title insurance service which would […]

Additions to the banking casebook

Over the past year, there have been a number of important cases involving banking, building societies and financial services in which leading counsel and their juniors have established their reputations and raised important questions in new areas of the law. Among these cases are NRG, BBL and BCCI (No. 8), which covered issues ranging from […]

Boost for Lovells

Lovell White Durrant has expanded its Chicago office from 11 lawyers to 17 in the past three months. The latest recruit to Lovells’ niche reinsurance and consumer credit litigation practice in Chicago, which opened just under two years ago with the poaching of two partners from Chicago firm Sidley & Austin, is Anne Fortney. Joining […]

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