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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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City lawyers fear two-tier regulation will leave London out in the cold

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Withers to launch Hong Kong law practice with hire of family team

Withers has expanded its Hong Kong offering with the addition of an international family team led by partner Sharon Ser. Ser joins the firm after more than 20 years as a partner with Hong Kong-based Hampton Winter and Glynn. She brings a team that includes associates Rita Ku, Deanna Tam, and Jacqueline Mak, will join […]

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Time was when the upper end of the foodie market would turn its epicurean nose up at the spinal-fluid-in-a-bap offerings of the fast-food franchises next door to Poundland. But, as Biggie Smalls once so eloquently put it, things done changed. Now, in these recession-hit times there are queues round the block for Ronald Mac’s easy […]

Abby Ewen: Simmons & Simmons    

What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?  In a previous firm I had to search through pages and pages of website activity in an attempt to spot anything ‘inappropriate’.  I didn’t. Name:     Abby Ewen         Firm:     Simmons & Simmons Position:   Director of business transformation Lives:   Essex What time do you start […]

Gide snares A&O and Hogan Lovells high-flyers to boost Moscow office

Gide Loyrette Nouel has expanded its Moscow office by hiring an associate from Allen & Overy (A&O) and one from Hogan Lovells, and installing them as partners. Gide Loyrette Nouel has expanded its Moscow office by hiring an associate from Allen & Overy (A&O) and one from Hogan Lovells, and installing them as partners. Boris […]

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