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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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Bar Council consults while backbenchers revolt against Carter

The Bar Council has kickstarted a consultation into new arrangements for handling fee-sharing under the current legal aid reforms. The news comes as it was revealed that more than 50 Labour backbenchers signed up to an early day motion which presses the Government to rethink their proposals on legal aid. The consultation, which will close […]

Linklaters favourite falls short in race for top job

Linklaters favourite falls short in race for top job” />The battle to replace Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel has taken a surprising turn as the frontrunner, banking head John Tucker, has been dropped from the race. This leaves capital markets head Nick Eastwell and Asia chief Simon Davies in a two-man chase. Linklaters’ international board, […]

Milberg Weiss suffers as team quits

Class action specialists Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman has lost another two partners, the heads of its competition team, to New York class action boutique Pomerantz Haudek Block Grossman & Gross. Antitrust partners Douglas Richards and Michael Buchman will join the 10-partner boutique in March from Milberg Weiss, the most recent of a string of […]

Pestalozzi faces financial claim by ex-partner

One of Switzerland’s largest firms, Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, is locked in a dispute with one member of a group of five partners expelled last year over strategic and management differences. Tax partner Marcus Desax, now at Swiss rival Walder Wyss & Partners, initiated conciliation proceedings before the Zurich Bar Association on 9 January, claiming the […]

Power to the (legal) people

The complaints of in-house lawyers are manifold, but chief among them is that they too often sit outside the decision-making within their companies. To be fair, their concerns have been justified in many cases. There are plenty of corporate horror stories that could have been avoided if the lawyers had been allowed in earlier. Contrary […]

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