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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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Bird & Bird poaches French IT team

Bird & Bird has poached top telecommunications and IT partner, Frederique Dupuis-Toubol and 10-strong team of associates from French firm, Jeantet & Associes to set up a new Paris office. Dupuis-Toubol will join Bird & Bird at the end of this year and will be based in the firm’s new premises in Paris. She and […]

Casting your net wider

The internet is now the home of business. Even self-professed technophobe Tony Blair agrees. And, as the legal profession continues to consolidate globally, law firms are also looking at its potential. Nearly all the law firms in the top 100 now have websites. These function mainly as marketing vehicles but firms are increasingly using their […]

Pinsents wins property panel places

Pinsent Curtis’ property team has won a place on two high-profile panels – with the Woolwich and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF). The national firm has bagged the job of advising MAFF on its general property work in the South of England. Nabarro Nathanson’s Sheffield office has won a similar contract for […]

Alan Whitfield

One of a new breed of business-minded in-house lawyers, Alan Whitfield has responsibility for all of BT’s legal affairs. Sean Farrell checks up on his progress. Alan Whitfield has not got his new business stationery yet. Having been appointed general counsel at BT two weeks ago, his card still bears his old title – not […]

Hoon urges Foil head to run for Parliament

The president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil), Martin Bruffell, is considering running for Parliament as a Labour Party candidate. Bruffell is being urged to run by his close friend Geoff Hoon, the Foreign Office minister and one-time second-in-command to Lord Irvine in the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Bruffell – who is also managing partner […]

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