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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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Weil Gotshal raids Baker & McKenzie in Europe

Weil Gotshal & Manges is taking the next step in boosting its European capital markets practice after recruiting the group head of Baker & McKenzie’s Budapest office. Konrad Siegler, head of the capital markets group, will move to Weil Gotshal’s Budapest office on 1 September to lead its Hungarian capital markets and finance practice. Siegler’s […]

Pro Bono – Addleshaws joins CC to aid National Autistic Soc

Addleshaw Goddard is ramping up its commitment to pro bono with the announcement last month of its involvement in two new initiatives. The firm, alongside Clifford Chance, has teamed up with the National Autistic Society (NAS) in an educational alliance that will provide free legal representation for parents of autistic children. It has also announced […]

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Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has taken its second Cooley Godward partner in as many months, this time for its IP practice. Kathryn Wheble, a partner for 10 years at the firm, will move to Kirkpatrick’s San Francisco office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 June

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