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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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The prying game

There is, as the cliché goes, no such thing as an easy divorce. But when the split involves high-profile celebrity clients, jockeying for position in the hearts of an adoring public through the press can be as much of an issue as who keeps the St Tropez villa. For a lawyer whose professional ethics embrace […]

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The promises of riches to be reaped from the energy sector persuaded Allen & Overy to open its Moscow office in 1993. While it has been working with Russian-based clients for a number of years, the firm took the bold step of opening in the region, led by energy lawyer Doran Doeh. Doeh had previously […]

Arnold & Porter expands tax team with NY partner

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has pulled off a coup in New York by attracting the former chair of the international tax team from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Richard Andersen, a leading tax lawyer, is joining Arnold & Porter to spearhead the development of a tax practice in New York. Andersen practices in […]

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