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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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And then there were two: Collins and Mayhew to contest BLP managing partner election

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) head of corporate David Collins and head of employment Lisa Mayhew will go head-to-head on Tuesday (3 February), when partners vote in the firm’s first contested managing partner election for 16 years. Incumbent managing partner Neville Eisenberg is set to stand down at the end of April after five consecutive terms […]

BLP set for managing partner vote next week: Collins and Mayhew in the running

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners are on the last leg of the firm’s managing partner election this week, with a vote scheduled for Tuesday. In the running are head of corporate David Collins and head of employment Lisa Mayhew, both of whom surfaced among the early contenders last month. Details of their election manifestos have […]

A&O takes Peerpoint to Asia

Just three months after hiring Deloitte’s managing partner of growth and markets Richard Punt as chief executive officer of Peerpoint, Allen & Overy is rolling out the flexible resourcing initiative to Hong Kong. Punt has a remit for business development, freeing up chief operations officer Ben Williams to focus on the operations side of Peerpoint, […]

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White & Case enters strategic partnership with Cass business school

White & Case has entered a strategic partnership with Cass Business School’s Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC). The partnership, which launched on 1 January, saw White & Case become the sole law firm appointed as a senior sponsor to Cass – alongside Credit Suisse, EY and private investment company Ardian.  The deal will see […]

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