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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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Recent changes in accounting standards are having an impact on distributable profits The law of unintended consequences is one that has stood the test of time and is now coming to bear on how companies determine the extent to which they can distribute their profits to shareholders. We are in a period of change in […]

Jones Day exits continue as Bingham hires partner

Another big name departure from Jones Day‘s London office means that the firm has haemorrhaged 11 partners in the last year. Corporate finance specialist John Clark will be joining Bingham McCutchen in September as a partner in what will be the firm’s second lateral hire in the space of a week following the capture of […]

Criminal bar pay freeze discriminates against women

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) last week warned that the freeze in public funding for short criminal trials is hitting women hardest. Cases affected by the freeze in fees for cases lasting up to 10 days – a 23 per cent reduction in real terms – include most sexual offences, which historically are mainly prosecuted […]

Another blow for Haarmann Hemmelrath as two star partners quit

One of the founding partners of Haarmann Hemmelrath’s Munich operation has announced he is the leave the firm, just a week after name partner Wilhelm Haarman handed in his resignation. Andreas Oldenbourg will leave the firm on 30 September 2005 along with fellow partner Simon Preisenberger. In a statement sent to The Lawyer Oldenbourg said: […]

Dentons inflicts first infringement defeat on OFT

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today suffered its first ever infringement decision defeat at the hands of Denton Wilde Sapte. The firm won the landmark ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal over the sale of interactive betting rights. Dentons advised the Racecourse Association (RCA) and the owners of 34 racecourses in the UK. In […]

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