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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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Deutsche Bank loses general counsel to rival

Deutsche Bank has lost its general counsel for the Americas Timothy Mayopoulus to Charlotte-based Bank of America (BoA). Mayopoulus, who joined as general counsel and executive vice-president, has been replaced by the German bank’s global head of litigation Robert Khuzami.

Lafarge brought in by Lawrence Graham on Wilmington deal

Lawrence Graham has called on its Paris-based best friend Lafarge Flecheux Campana Le Blevennec to act on Wilmington Group’s first major deal outside the UK, the acquisition of Agence de Presse Medicale Internationale (APM) from Reuters. Both Lawrence Graham and Lafarge are acting on the £5.3m acquisition of the French real-time health newswire. Although Lawrence […]

Speechly hires ex-Mayer construction partner

Speechly Bircham has picked up its second lateral this year after recruiting a former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw construction partner. David Gwillim joined Speechly after more than five years at Mayer Brown. He handles specialist contracting disputes on UK and international infrastructure, transport and reclamation projects, with clients including Cleveland Bridge & Engineering and […]

TeCSA joins Seymour critics

The Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA) has waded in to the debate surrounding the conduct of Mr Justice Seymour and the Technology and Construction Court (TCC). TeCSA members are concerned that the judge’s conduct and the furore caused by the Court of Appeal’s criticism of the judge is ruining the reputation of the TCC. “There’s been some concern […]

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