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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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This week we unveil the grand shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2013. As usual, we were swamped with entries – this year we had more than 450 – and as usual, we read every single one and were stunned at the high standard. What is clear from the submissions is that in-house lawyers are clearly […]

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New Defamation Act’s demand that claimants prove serious damage first could end the gravy train of McLibels The Defamation Act 2013 will not rid the libel law of England and Wales of all of its many abuses. For example, the big problem of costs is only indirectly addressed. However, the new statute will make it […]

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In December 2012, the government published a consultation on its proposals to reform the judicial review process. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has now published its response to the consultation, summarising the 250 responses it received and setting out the reforms it intends to take forward. Judicial review is an important right of recourse by […]

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This special edition of Law à la Mode from DLA Piper’s fashion, retail and design group has been released to mark the 135th INTA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. In this special edition, the law firm focuses on a number of topical issues for brand owners. Topics covered IP protection for store layouts Staying away […]

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