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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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Freshfields partner and former Westminster deputy chief solicitor, Robert Lewis, was one of three people to be cleared of wilful misconduct at the conclusion of the ‘home for votes’ inquiry. Lewis, the council’s deputy chief solicitor between 1986 and 1988, said after the release of district auditor John Magill’s report last week: “These disgraceful allegations […]

City firm is latest caught in Internet Web growth

City firm Rowe & Maw has taken a site on the Internet. The firm can now be contacted at http://www.rowe andmaw.co.uk/index.htm. It will include specialist brochures and lists of specialist services and contacts. Managing partner Richard Powles said: “We are simply responding to the needs of our clients. A number of them, particularly those based […]

Practices should be on MDP red alert

The legal profession is facing a period of dramatic change. As accountancy firms creep more and more into the equation, the proposition of a major law firm getting it on with one of the Big Six accountancy firms is no longer out of the question. In fact, it is becoming ever more likely as the […]

Dibbs partners in private client split

Dibb Lupton Broomhead has shed its private client department, paving the way for partners to establish a new Yorkshire firm focusing exclusively on private client work. Wrigleys opened offices in Leeds and Sheffield this month, where it will handle trusts, charities, tax planning, estates and heritage property. The firm was founded by Dibbs partners Matthew […]

Owners of Harrods – but UK citizens?

Millionaire Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed and his brother Ali are currently waiting the outcome of their latest legal bid to overturn the Home Office’s refusal to grant them UK citizenship. The Egyptian-born Al Fayeds failed in a High Court action this February to overturn the Home Office decision. Now they have renewed their challenge […]

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