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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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As the financial crisis bites, a well-timed ruling from the Isle of Man means that the territory now recognises administrators from other jurisdictions. By Rob Long As the global economic storm continues to rage, in a ­timely court judgment the Isle of Man court has recently ­reiterated its willingness to give assistance in cross-border insolvency […]

Web Week: 10 November 2008

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. Marketing Brand Russell Brand of course has a long history of causing mischief and offence. Back in 2002, years […]

Muckle donates 1 per cent of profit to charity

Muckle donates 1 per cent of profit to charity” />Newcastle firm Muckle is celebrating its sixth year of distributing 1 per cent of total firm profit to charity. This money, which amounts to circa £50,000 a year, supports a range of local causes picked by an independent committee with input from the staff and partners. […]

Obama: What Kind of Change in the Courts?

In keeping with the theme of ‘change,’ the US presidential election has sparked a slew of commentary, including speculation on the future composition of the US Supreme Court. For international businesses and their lawyers, how would the appointment of new Justices by President Obama affect the Court in the areas such as securities, antitrust, RICO […]

Glass half empty? Half year results

Given the current market turmoil, reasonable half-year results are allowing many managing partners to breathe a sigh of relief – but some might be hiding bad news. It has been a tough year in the business world and for law firms that is translating into a mixed bag of half-year financial results. A year ago […]

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