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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…

The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

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St Philips’ merger creates a giant as 5 Fountain Court launches in London

Gareth Chadwick reports on how the two Birmingham powerhouses could give London sets a run for their money How big can a chambers get before it bursts? This is the question many lawyers in Birmingham are asking themselves in the face of this summer’s merger news at St Philips Chambers and the opening of a […]

Bird & Bird Brussels media team quits for French rival

Bird & Bird is losing the two founding partners of its Brussels office and its entire Brussels media team Agnes Maqua and Jean Paul Hordies are defecting with six assistants to set up a Brussels office for French corporate and media firm Sokolow Dunaud Mercadier & Carreras (SDMC).The pair, both equity partners, are taking all […]

Andersen Legal loses out to B&M

The bulk of Andersen Legal’s Mexico City practice has opted out of its accountancy parents’ Mexican merger with Deloitte & Touche to join Baker & McKenzie Francisco Javier Ogarrio-Vertiz, a corporate specialist and the office’s only partner, has joined Baker & McKenzie with two associates and five paralegals. Only two lawyers and two paralegals have […]

KPMG capture adds to McDermott's Valley hike

McDermott Will & Emery has expanded its new Silicon Valley tax practice. Michael Gosk joins the partnership from KPMG, where he was an international corporate tax partner. The hire follows the arrival of an international tax team from Fenwick & West, which joined McDermott to launch its Silicon Valley tax practice in March 2002.

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