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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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Continental merger creates first “truly European firm'

Leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is to merge with 140-lawyer German practice Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch to form what it claims is the first “truly European firm”. However, the merged firm will still have no UK law capacity and it said a tie-up with an Anglo-Saxon firm will be the next priority. The […]

Bishops builds up Lithuanian business

Glasgow firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers is advising the Lithuanian government on reforming its advertising law – drawing on its team of 16 legal experts brought together from all over the European Union (EU). The project is part of Bishops’ long-term work advising the government on an overhaul of its basic commercial laws. The practice […]

Preparing for commercial life

In the wake of The Lawyer survey revealing widespread trainee disillusionment, Jacqueline Siers calls for more co-operation between academia and firms. Jacqueline Siers is chief executive of BPP Law School. Reading the articles about students seeking to leave the profession (The Lawyer, 19 May), I was struck not so much by what was said as […]

Asda slices through Parma case

Roger Pearson examines the positive affect that successful litigation can have on a supermarket chain’s reputation A recent High Court battle over the rights of supermarket chain Asda to sell ham that was produced in Italy but packaged and sliced in the UK as Parma ham, has served as a practical example of how successful […]

Are snowballing mergers necessary?

For the third week running, The Lawyer’s front page reveals major City merger talks. Even Clifford Chance and Ashursts have been talking. Are all these mergers really necessary? Until only a decade or so ago, you could look around the City and find most of the same firms advising the same clients they had had […]

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