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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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With Iran in the spotlight, expect plenty of legal rows about pre-emptive military action Coverage of the recent discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barak Obama has heightened talk about a stike against Iran, but the legal position is far from clear. Israel’s apparent willingness to use force against Iran appears […]

CC to plug funds practice gap

Magic circle firm aims to boost partner count as associate ranks thin Sometimes it is not just about the partners. Clifford Chance’s investment funds practice has had a torrid year, with four partners – one a tax lawyer – quitting for Weil Gotshal & Manges last summer. Six funds associates and a tax associate then […]

Work Life Quiz: Matthew O’Regan, Burges Salmon

What was your first-ever job? S aturday assistant at John Lewis. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Schlepping back across London to collect the coat of an associate who’d left it in a data room. What time do you usually leave the office? When I’m finished, but never early. What’s your favourite restaurant? […]

Court orders liquidation of London firm Atlantic Law

A West End law firm fined £400,000 two years ago for its involvement in a boiler room share scam is being liquidated following a winding-up petition brought by a former employee. The High Court has ruled that Atlantic Law, which owed over £160,000 to Herbert Smith as recently as 2010, be wound up under the […]

The Lawyer Management: Mishcon de Reya

Elliot Moss, director of business development  Describe your role Client development, communications, brand reputation, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and overall marketing. I work closely with senior management on international strategy, including the development of Mishcon’s New York office, and opportunities resulting from the advent of the Legal Services Act (LSA). How have you improved […]

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