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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 […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

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Correction

•In the 16 April issue of The Lawyer it was reported that Clifford Chance‘s two year-PQE associate pay lagged significantly behind Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) because of the latter firm’s bonus system. In fact, the reported figures – £102,700 for Clifford Chance and £128,500 for A&O – were incorrect. The correct figures are £102,700 and […]

The work-life quiz with Jonathan Stephens

What was your first-ever job?Haymaking in the summer of 1976. Fortunately it was the year of the severe drought and the bales were really light. Name: Jonathan Stephens Firm: Wilsons Title: Managing partner Lives: Dorset Education: Sevenoaks School; London School of Economics; College of Law Work history: 1980: Qualified as a solicitor; worked in the […]

A&O invests in Bangalore University

Allen & Overy (A&O) is attempting to strengthen its ties to the Indian legal market by providing an endowment for a professor of law at Bangalore’s India University. The position, which will be known as the Allen & Overy Professor of International Financial Law, comes with a ten-year endowment. As part of the entente, A&O […]

CC scoops three private equity floats in a week

Clifford Chance acted on a trio of private equity exits last week, bringing all three public via flotation on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) main market. The first of the IPOs was longstanding Clifford Chance client Xchanging, an international provider of pure play business process outsourcing. Formed by private equity firm General Atlantic in 1999, […]

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