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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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Camerons gains three partners in Hong Kong

Cameron McKenna is expanding its Hong Kong operations with the appointment of three new partners. Corporate partner Chris Southorn joins the office from Camerons in London, with Dora Chow and Prudence Mitchell of the Hong Kong office also promoted to partner level. Mitchell, who has worked in insolvency in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong, […]

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Bingham Dana wins top finance lawyer

Leading Baker Botts project finance lawyer and former head of Chadbourne & Parke‘s London office Nancy Persechino is moving to Bingham Dana. Persechino is joining the US firm’s Washington DC office after moving to Baker Botts from Chadbourne two years ago. She will start in the project development and finance group as a partner and […]

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