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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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Howard Kennedy and Lydiard win $77m negligence case

Howard Kennedy and Brick Court Chambers’ silk Andrew Lydiard have won the negligence case brought against them by a Portuguese businessman. Antonio Anibale Andrade Baptista Lopes withdrew his claim of $77m (£41.7m) in the High Court this morning (13 July) and agreed to pay both Howard Kennedy and Lydiard costs on an indemnity basis. Lydiard […]

New firm eyes developing economies

Although France’s biggest firms keep getting bigger, some smaller outfits do emerge from time to time. The latest to appear is three-partner boutique APA Partners. APA has been founded by three university friends whose paths split after graduation. Thierry Aballéa was general counsel of communications giant Belgacom, later joining Coudert Frères and most recently Lefèvre […]

BLP faces £3m client refund

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) may be forced to pay back up to £3m to long-standing client Alpha Airports for damages claimed to have arisen from the firm’s advice on a £7.5m catering contract with Icelandic charter airline Excel Airways. Alpha had its shares suspended in April until this week and has seen three top executives […]

Bryan Cave edges closer to Squire Sanders tie-up

Bryan Cave and Squire Sanders & Dempsey are expected to seal their merger in the next month after partners at both firms received merger packs with details of the new management team last week. Sources at the firms expect partners to vote on the merger within the next fortnight. As first reported by The Lawyer […]

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Tesco head of corporate, commercial and litigation Deborah Prince has resigned to take up a post at the Consumers’ Association as its head of legal. Prince had been with the retailer for six years and was looking for a new challenge. BT has ramped up its in-house capability across the legal function as part of […]

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