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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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City partner trying to sway election, claims Bogan

Clifford Chance is caught up in a row over accusations that senior partner Keith Clark has tried to persuade the firm’s lawyers to take sides in the Law Society elections. Contender Anthony Bogan has complained to Clark about a memo he circulated to staff urging them to vote in the poll and in which Clark […]

Malawi opening

The British Council has opened a legal and management centre in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital. A council spokesman said: “In a country where one management text book can cost a month’s salary for a middle-ranking civil servant, the centre aims to provide easy access to up-to-date British materials, in order to improve the quality of […]

Technology and the law. Brave new world of re-engineered law

Today, when individuals or businesses seek legal advice, they do so because they need practical guidance based on knowledge and experience of the law. Traditionally, lawyers have provided this by offering an advisory service on a consultative basis. But if similar consultations could be obtained elsewhere, would clients remain loyal or jump ship? Evidence suggests […]

Arbitration slammed as costly and slow

Arbitration has been slated as costly, time-consuming and inflexible, in a survey conducted by City firm Berrymans. The survey revealed that arbitration, introduced as a cost-effective and speedy alternative to litigation, is not popular with insurance companies. Paul Taylor, a leading insurance litigator and senior partner at Berrymans, presented the results of the survey to […]

They're not all like that

I am sorry to see from Mr Ellingsworth’s letter in your issue of 12 March 1996 that he has a low regard for solicitors in private practice. No doubt there are some who deserve this. However, for the most part he is, I hope, wrong. Certainly my colleagues and I – when lecturing on professional […]

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