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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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Four candidates have emerged to replace Virginia Glastonbury as Denton Wilde Sapte’s chief executive. They include former consultation committee member Martin Kitchen who quit the committee in a bid to avoid conflicts of interest that might prevent him from standing as chief executive. Kitchen is understood to be a close ally of incumbent Chairman James […]

WorldCom players in fee heaven

Lawyers advising the shareholders and bondholders of defunct telecommunications giant WorldCom in their claims against Citigroup are celebrating a fee bonanza after a US judge last week awarded them $141.5m (£76.2m). The mammoth settlement, finalised on 5 November, sees Citigroup agreeing to pay $2.6bn (£1.4bn) to settle claims that its investment banking arm helped WorldCom […]

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Poor old Simmons & Simmons, the firm really is in the wars these days, what with partner de-equitisations and Robert Schon suing for anti-semitism. Now the firm has had to cancel its high-profile talk and drinks evening on the Three Rivers privilege case. Scheduled for last Tuesday (9 November), with what the invitation described as […]

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