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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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Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and SJ Berwin have bagged the key mandates on the Central Bank of Iceland’s (CBI) purchase of e938m (£808.44m) in bonds issued by Dutch company Avens in a bid to reduce the country’s external debt. SJ Berwin structured finance partner Vanessa Therrode, who took over as head of the team last year following the departure of […]

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Gray’s Inn set Matrix has reported its most successful year-end ever, with turnover increasing 26.5 per cent to £17.2m from £13.6m at the end of 2008-09. Chief operating officer Kevin Hooper said: “The growth has come across the board and not one specific area – competition, employment, crime and public work are all up on […]

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