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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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Access to justice hampered by court inefficiencies

Inefficient administration in court offices is hampering access to justice, according to the findings of the latest Law Society survey. The sixth Woolf Questionnaire surveyed solicitors across the UK, asking about the effectiveness of civil justice reforms. Nearly four out of ten respondents said that inefficient administration in court offices has had an impact on […]

Real estate deals round-up

Burges Salmon (Mark Paterson) advised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the largest PFI defence contract to close in the UK. Under the £2.5bn Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative, Paradigm Secure Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), will deliver secure military satellite communications services to the MoD over […]

MPs call for rethink on capping asylum advice at five hours

There was a collective sigh of relief from immigration law practitioners last week when MPs rapped ministers’ knuckles over plans to reduce costs by capping legal aid asylum advice at five hours. It comes as little surprise. So unfair and counterproductive were the proposed time limits that they prompted protest from a wide coalition of […]

Human rights campaigners: terrorist ruling amounts to a ‘perversion of justice’

The ruling in which 10 terrorist suspects interned under the Government’s emergency powers lost their appeals last week amounted to “a perversion of justice”, according to human rights campaigners. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) dismissed the appeal of the men, who for the most part had been held in high-security prisons or mental hospitals […]

4-ward thinking

As controller of legal and compliance for Channel 4, arguably the UK’s most innovative television channel, Jan Tomalin is used to living life on the edge. Alex Wade reports Do it first, make trouble and inspire change” is not the kind of maxim adopted by many lawyers. Not in their professional lives, at least, where conservatism often […]

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