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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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Sports lawyers confer on Bosman

FOOTBALL lawyers are set to examine the future of players’ contracts and transfers following the European Advocate-General’s decision in the case of Belgian Jean-Marc Bosman. The implications of the Bosman opinion last week will be on the agenda at the next meeting of the Premier League legal working party. Authorities also believe big clubs will […]

In brief: Ex-IBA director sets up pro bono award

Former International Bar Association executive director Madeleine May, who resigned her post at the end of 1994 after more than 15 years in the role, has established a new award for excellence in pro bono work. May made an announcement at a formal dinner given in her honour at the opening of the IBA conference. […]

In brief: Bar equality rethink due to kick off

The Bar Council’s revamped equality code is expected to come into effect this week after being finalised at the weekend council meeting, unless further refinements are to be made. Other major issues to be debated include controversial proposals for deferring call to the Bar until six months’ pupillage are completed. An announcement was expected on […]

Is democracy 'unthinkable' too

The speed of the president in calling last week’s special meeting of the council surprised the staff. His own paper was countered by a paper from the hitherto discreet intelligentsia of Chancery Lane known as the Ginger Group. Appointed by the secretary general John Hayes, it is established “to think the unthinkable” and it is […]

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