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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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TSG stages conference in Warsaw

MORE than 150 Polish law students have attended the first ever Project Europe conference held outside the UK. The conference, organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) with the Polish branch of the European Law Students Association (ELSA), was staged at Warsaw University this month. Planned by TSG international relations officer Dr David Taylor and […]

Shoosmiths shuts London office

SHOOSMITHS & Harrison is to close its London office in February to concentrate solely on business in the provinces. The firm will retain its six regional offices, including the Northampton base, and staff in London are currently discussing future plans with management. Managing partner John Peet says the closure could see members of the London […]

Irish Bar to rule on judge ban

THE IRISH Bar Council is to hold an extraordinary general meeting next month to consider the case of the judge whose appointment plunged the country into political crisis. Former Attorney General Harry Whelehan resigned as president of the Irish High Court less than a week after his appointment. He was accused of misleading the Government […]

Philip Hamer & Co

Philip Hamer is one of the fastest growing legal firms in the Yorkshire and Humberside region with offices in Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds. It has used regional TV advertising to market its personal injury services. Three years ago, the firm ran what senior partner Philip Hamer calls an “ambulance-chasing advert”. But, on the basis […]

Bill on cards for fast-track libel claims

The Lord Chancellor is expected to announce plans this week to introduce a bill to establish a fast-track system of handling minor libel claims outside of court. The bill will be designed to settle claims quickly and cheaply by enabling judges to fix damages in small cases.

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