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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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Burges Salmon hires A&O man to head up environment team

Burges Salmon is ramping up its environmental law practice after hiring Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Ross Fairley. Fairley will join the Bristol-based firm in September as a partner and co-head of the nine-lawyer environmental law unit. He will also take charge of developing Burges Salmon’s practice in the growing renewable energy sector. Fairley, who […]

Duane Morris lures Luce Forward duo

Duane Morris has plucked two more partners from Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, this time to boost its corporate practice. Rated corporate partners Robert Copeland and Stuart Sorenson are joining Duane Morris’s San Diego office, which the firm opened in July last year. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 July

Simmons boosts China real estate

Simmons & Simmons has bolstered its China real estate practice after hiring Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) former Hong Kong head. Raymond Kwok is due to join Simmons as head of China real estate on 1 August and will be joined by former DWS senior associate Phoebe Kim Yee Ip. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 30 June

Oxfam gets sound advice on music plan from Bird & Bird

Oxfam has taken the unprecedented step of becoming the first charity to launch a music download site, with Bird & Bird advising on a pro bono basis. As part of Oxfam’s ‘Make Trade Fair’ campaign, it is poised to launch music downloading site www.bignoisemusic. com to enable it to raise awareness of the campaign and […]

Coudert aims for equality in Squire Sanders merger

Coudert Brothers is attempting to secure a merger of equals with a firm that dwarves it in terms of revenue, average profits and lawyer numbers. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com last week, Coudert is in the throes of a 30-day due diligence on Squire Sanders & Dempsey, after five months of discussions. Coudert’s management told […]

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