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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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Slaughter and May corporate veteran Nigel Boardman is set to chair the firm’s Africa group, a week after it emerged he would be stepping down from the partnership next April. Boardman will replace former finance head Andrew Balfour in the role. Balfour, who has headed the firm’s Africa practice group since he retired as a partner in 2014, […]

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Morgan Lewis & Bockius has added two new technology partners to its London office, as its hiring spree in the capital continues. The US firm has brought on Pillsbury partner Mike Pierides and counsel Simon Lightman, who joins as a partner. Pierides will be a member of Morgan Lewis’ corporate practice, specialising in IT and […]

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Clifford Chance and Baker McKenzie have advised in Saudi British Bank’s (SABB) $4.9bn takeover of Alawwal Bank, creating the third largest lender in the Kingdom. Clifford Chance  acted for SABB in Dubai, with a team led by M&A corporate partner Mohammed Al-Shukairy and senior associate Daniel Boyle. Bakers advised Saudi Arabian-listed bank Alawwal Bank alongside its association firm […]

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