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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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Fennell Betson reports Four software firms have been chosen by Conquest for its IT supply and development panel. The 350-firm network manager has selected Avenue, Linetime, Solicitec and TFB as “recommended computer suppliers”. Conquest’s head of practice development Harry Ewins says the selection was made after a full examination of the market. “We sent questionnaires […]

In brief: Correction

Roderick Dadak, who represented Paul Butner in his successful libel case against Harpers & Queen (The Lawyer, 21 March), has asked for it to be pointed out that he is a solicitor and not counsel, as he was described in the story.

Ombudsman dresses down LAB

DEFECTIVE communication, mishandled correspondence and a complacent attitude to complaints are all highlighted in an ombudsman’s report on the Legal Aid Board. The Parliamentary Ombudsman William Reid has given the LAB a severe telling-off in his annual report. Last year 53 complaints about the LAB were referred to him by MPs, just one less than […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Kevin Greene

Observers prepared to watch a battle for supremacy when Nabarros set up in Sheffield. But the firm refused to play. When Nabarro Nathanson rode into town four years ago, Sheffield’s big guns prepared for a legal showdown. “When Nabarros arrived we had to reposition ourselves,” admits Dibb Lupton Alsop regional managing partner Paul Firth. The […]

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