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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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Holman on the receiving end

Staying with phones, the switchboard was down at Holman Fenwick & Willan the other day (Wednesday 21 September) – meaning calls were not transferable – leaving the poor receptionists to take messages from everyone, then email the people and they call them back. How’s that for a call-screening service?

Dundas competition partner returns to SJ Berwin

SJ Berwin has won back senior competition partner Tom Usher from Dundas & Wilson. Usher joined Dundas’s Edinburgh office as head of EU competition in January 2004. He had hoped to be doing the majority of his work out of Edinburgh, but the nature of the work and the client base meant his activity continued […]

Lovells surges ahead in student pay race

Lovells has trumped its rivals by hiking both Graduate Diploma of Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) maintenance grants to £7,450 for students in London. Meanwhile GDL students outside of London are also set to benefit with Lovells raising their grants to £6,450. The decision will take effect from September 2006. Lovells told The […]

WilmerHale drops Cutler Pickering and Dorr

US firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr will start using the shortened name WilmerHale from October 1. As first revealed in The Lawyer 6 June 2005, the change had been due in July, but was delayed out of respect for the recent deaths of founding partners Lloyd Cutler and John Pickering. Both men had […]

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