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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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Ericsson brought in to manage CPS telephone system

THE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has outsourced national responsibility for its voice communications services for the next seven years to telecommunications company Ericsson. International telecommunications systems suppliers Ericsson will manage voice communications across the CPS’ 100 sites, including voice mail, fax, paging and mobile phone facilities. The Charles Douglas Organisation, a firm of telecoms specialists, […]

A&O breaks Gide ties to reach De Pardieu

Allen & Overy has cleared one obstacle blocking a merger with Paris firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Associes by formally breaking off its seven-year association with Gide Loyrette Nouel. A&O is eager to catch up with its City rivals in Paris and was expecting to tie up the merger between its 10-partner Paris office […]

Ship-shape with Bristol passion

Alison Laferla says Bristol’s legal market is booming but competition among local firms is becoming increasingly cut-throat. They used to call Bristol the graveyard of ambition. Today, for lawyers at least, the description seems absurd. After years of unfulfilled potential, Bristol is shaking off its sleepy image and reinventing itself as a thriving centre for […]

In brief: SDA calls on Law Soc to set up misconduct fund

The Solicitors Defence Agency (SDA) is urging the Law Society to take seriously suggestions to set up a defence fund to combat claims of professional misconduct. The group wants #10 from each solicitor’s practising certificate fee to be set aside for the fund.

Human rights:where's the beef?

The Human Rights Act promises UK residents a truly democratic society for the first time. But, asks Matheu Swallow, is the UK ready for such a revolution? There are concerns that Britain’s judiciary is ill-equipped to cope with its new responsibilities. “Football’s coming home” was the unofficial anthem for the England World Cup squad of […]

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