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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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THE HEAD of Herbert Smith’s education department, Alexandrina le Clezio, is to join the College of Law as director of continuing professional development. She leaves next month after six years at the City firm where she took articles and practised as a solicitor before setting up and heading the education department. She says: “I’m leaving […]

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LAW in Action presenter Marcel Berlins has survived a revamp of the long-running radio show. The Lawyer reported last month that the BBC was considering axing Berlins as part of the controversial scheduling shake-up at Radio 4. But, after testing out other candidates, the BBC has decided to stick with Berlins, but it does want […]

LawNet threatens expulsions

THE LawNet group has announced strict new standards and threatens to expel member firms who fail to meet them. The group, set up in 1989 by chief executive Simon Maddox, has spent the past year bringing its 78 members up to the quality service standard. “Our quality standard is equivalent in commitment to BS5750, but […]

Profession mourns loss of Napley

Kingsley Napley is mourning the loss of co-founding partner Sir David Napley, one of the country’s most famous legal household names. Sir David, a widely-respected lawyer and colourful personality, was closely identified in the public’s eye with the firm he set up with the late Sidney Kingsley in 1937. Partners and staff are “devastated” by […]

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