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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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Granada recruits director of legal affairs

Granada Media Group is creating the new post of director of legal affairs to support its growth into new technologies. It has recruited former business development vice president at Discovery Communications (Europe), Kyla Mullins to fill the post. Discovery Communications owns the Discovery satellite channel. No date has been set for her arrival. But when […]

Kennedys captures Edward Lewis team

The team includes three partners – Jane Smith, Kate Whitefield and Kieron West – who will join the 45-partner firm on 31 January following the dissolution of Edward Lewis’ partnership. Kennedys says it is gaining “a substantial proportion” of the insurance litigation business of Edward Lewis, including key clients such as Zurich/Eagle Star, for whom […]

Regulatory maze hits merger hopefuls

The New York firm’s survey of 99 jurisdictions shows that companies planning global deals face a mass of new, and often inconsistent regulations. More than 50 countries now have merger notification rules, 40 countries have introduced new merger control regulations in the past decade and many countries have revamped their competition laws in the last […]

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Pinsent Curtis advised Sunderland Football Club on its strategic media alliance with British Sky Broadcasting Group. BSkyB has bought £6.5m worth of Sunderland’s share capital, representing 5 per cent of its total. It will also pay the club £6.5m to act as the exclusive media agent for five years. The Pinsent Curtis team was led […]

White & Case partner elected ACCJ president

Grondine, a partner in the US firm’s Tokyo office, will head up the organisation which represents more than 3000 members and more than 1200 companies in Japan. He says: “Our new leadership team will be working hard to continue the ACCJ’s past success and effectively represent the interests of American companies in Japan as we […]

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