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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 ‘East meets West’ merger between City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones and Mayfair-based Brecher & Co became reality on 10 October, creating a 46-partner, top-40 firm with an expected combined turnover of £16 million this year. The Brecher name will be lost with the new firm retaining the name of Nicholson Graham & Jones. […]

Furore over Which? survey

THE CONSUMERS’ Association has threatened to sue the Law Society over its attempts to discredit a damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice. But the association is already being sued for libel by Shoosmiths & Harrison over claims in the survey that the firm had failed to warn a researcher of […]

Dibbs celebrates 'gilt-edged' deal

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has come through a seven-month tendering process to win a one-year contract as employment law advisers to the Government’s Employment Service. The contract, which starts on 6 November, will involve the provision of policy advice on staff terms and conditions but the firm has also been signed to litigate on behalf of […]

DoE tour pushes tendering drive

THE LEGAL implications of competitive tendering are among the issues to be discussed at a series of seminars organised by the Department of the Environment. Seven events have been arranged across the country to explain the legislative and political context of the contracting out drive. Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford said the seminars will include […]

Labour vows to end legal 'gravy train'

Labour will legislate to force controversial changes to lawyers’ practices if the Law Society attempts to derail them. That was the warning legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng MP delivered to Law Society president Martin Mears and his ‘profession first’ programme at last week’s Brighton conference. “There is no vested interest that Labour is not prepared […]

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