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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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Linklaters Madrid lures corporate partner

Linklaters is boosting its Iberian expertise with the hire of Spanish corporate partner Sebastián Albella. As first revealed on www. thelawyer.com (7 June), Alb-ella joins Linklaters’ Madrid office from Spanish independent Albella Palá Ramón & Cajal, where he was a founding partner. He brings with him two senior associates. Prior to creating the firm, Albella […]

Shearman chief sets ultimatum for capital markets

Shearman & Sterling’s new management is commanding its capital markets group to shape up or face the consequences, as it embarks on a concerted bid to improve profit at the firm. Shearman & Sterling‘s new management is commanding its capital markets group to shape up or face the consequences, as it embarks on a concerted bid to […]

CC poised to introduce all- equity partnership model

Partners to vote on axing salaried partner layer and stretching lockstep at lower and upper ends Clifford Chance is set to unveil radical proposals which could see the firm become an all-equity partnership as part of its overhaul of the global lockstep.Clifford Chance is set to unveil radical proposals which could see the firm become […]

Recent recruit Thomas to lead Hunton London

US law firm Hunton & Williams has appointed AIM specialist Martin Thomas as managing partner of the firm’s London office. He replaces Drew Murphy, who has returned to the United States where he will continue to head the firm’s energy and project finance practice. Thomas joined Hunton & Williams in September last year from Hammonds […]

The disposition deposition

Where there’s people, there’s problems. Rachel Brushfield explains how to beat personality clashes By nature, lawyers tend to have sharp and analytical minds. They also generally take a challenging and competitive approach to work, especially litigation lawyers. This ‘picking holes’ style is a great asset when applied to case work, but if you are personally […]

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