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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…

The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

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Survey into law degrees

I am writing to correct the article that appeared in the 18 July issue of The Lawyer, ‘Malaysia orders probe into UK Law courses’, which misrepresents the current situation regarding UK law degrees offered to Malaysian students. What the article describes as a ‘probe’ is in fact a survey being undertaken into all UK law […]

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I wanted to practise family law because it has an extra dimension – dealing with people and people’s lives. It is a great privilege to be travelling along people’s lives with them, but you have to take the rough with the smooth, and acknowledge that not everybody loves you. The interesting work begins when you […]

New marketing head for Edwards Geldard

Cardiff firm Edwards Geldard has appointed William Mills as marketing partner. The commercial litigation lawyer concentrated on insolvency work at the firm. It says his legal experience and his close working relationships with other partners put him in a strong position to develop new business.

McKennas go for growth

McKENNA’s new managing partner Robert Derry-Evans has unveiled plans to expand the firm at home and abroad and improve the running of the London office. The City firm is to expand its corporate and finance sections, build up the Warsaw office and encourage London staff at all levels to elect representatives to attend monthly consultation […]

Bar in nannies' tax deal row

CLAIMS by women barristers that the tax man has struck a “no questions asked” deal giving them a 10 per cent tax allowance on their nannies’ wages has been denied by the Inland Revenue. The disagreement comes from a report in the Bar’s newsletter about talks between the Bloomsbury tax office and the Association of […]

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