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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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DLA Piper looks to Bucharest for full CEE coverage

DLA Piper is drawing up plans to launch an office in Bucharest to complete its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) practice with a Romanian opening. This year alone the firm has opened up in Warsaw, Poland’s capital, and Bulgarian capital Sofia, taking advantage of a high level of economic activity in the region. CEE regional […]

BBC lawyer returns to join RPC partnership

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired BBC in-house lawyer Jaron Lewis as a partner. Lewis, who has previously worked at RPC, rejoins after seven years at the BBC as a member of the media practice, which is headed by Liz Hartley. Hartley and Lewis both joined RPC in 1997, having left DJ Freeman to help […]

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Jeffrey Kerr: Peta

Peta general counsel Jeffrey Kerr leads his legal team fearlessly into battle with politicians, corporates and anyone else who threatens animal welfare. By Malar Velaigam Back in the early 1990s, newly qualified lawyer Jeffrey Kerr attended a lecture in the US titled ’Did your Food have a Face?’”I was actually going to another lecture, but […]

Irwin Mitchell lands victory against Parole Board

Irwin Mitchell has scored a landmark High Court victory, resulting in the ruling that the Parole Board of England and Wales is not sufficiently independent from the Government to decide whether prisoners are lawfully detained. The case, brought by four prisoners, questioned whether the Parole Board should determine detainees’ sentences due to its ties with […]

Pregnant partners need a fair profit share

While law firms have spent a great deal of time ensuring their profit share arrangements comply with new age discrimination rules, many have not yet addressed the risk of claims by part-time or pregnant female equity partners for unfairly reduced profit shares. Typical examples include paying a lower percentage of the profit share to a […]

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