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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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Lawrence Graham in partner U-turn

Lawrence Graham has made up a lateral hire to its partnership just weeks after revealing that the firm would not be making up any partners internally this year. New hire David Breslin joins Lawrence Graham’s insurance and reinsurance practice, bolstering the group to seven partners. However, Breslin’s hire as a partner comes just weeks after […]

Stop press

The QC selection panel will today (11 July) sound the starting gun for the return of silk. It is expected to unveil detailed plans governing the process, including the application deadline. Suspended in 2004, the QC appointment system has been radically overhauled and will have to deal with an anticipated 1,000 or more applicants in its first […]

A&O LLP accounts : a milestone in financial reporting

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) decision to publish its limited-liability partnership (LLP) accounts is a milestone in financial reporting in the legal profession. A&O isn’t the first firm to do this: Eversheds, Harbottle & Lewis, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, Withers, and Wragges (to name just a few) have all converted to LLP status. But A&O […]

The end is high

The Government faces a tough sell in trying to navigate a reduction in the local government pension scheme through a union minefield. By Jane Marshall and Wendy Hunter No reader of the financial press can have escaped the topic of pensions over recent months. There have been failures of company schemes without enough money in […]

Real estate groups prove their worth in the turnover stakes

Real estate is more than holding its own against corporate and finance rivals. By Joanne O’Connor The results speak for themselves. Research for this year’s The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report confirms once and for all that, far from being the poor cousins to their corporate and finance brethren, the UK’s real estate practices are […]

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