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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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Law Soc AGM opposes block contracting

THE Law Society’s AGM approved a resolution last week opposing exclusive block contracting for criminal legal aid work unless certain safeguards are introduced. The resolution, which was tabled by the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA), was passed unanimously by the meeting last Thursday. It says the Law Society should oppose any block contracting scheme unless […]

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Ferris will herald a new era

Murdoch McKillop, president of the Society for Practitioners of Insolvency, responds to last week’s City Comment. Readers of last week’s “City Comment” might have thought that the opportunity for licensed insolvency practitioners had just passed. Apparently “the gravy train might be about to hit the buffers”. The public only believes in such a “gravy train” […]

Top tenants for housing disputes

Matheu Swallow identifies which barristers client solicitors selected as the top five of the landlord and tenant Bar. Matheu Swallow is a freelance journalist. Since there seems to be no doubting which are the top three sets in the field of landlord and tenant work, it will come as no surprise that three of the […]

PFA's responsibility for DIY planes

A recent Appeal Court ruling has increased the responsibility on the PFA to regulate home-built aeroplanes, writes Roger Pearson. An estimated 35,000 people in the UK hold private pilots’ licences. Expense is a factor that drives many away from this pursuit, but for those with technical ability, increasingly, the home-built aeroplane has become a cost-cutting […]

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Freeth Cartwright adds to empire with Barradales merger

EAST Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins has expanded into Leicester by taking over four-partner commercial practice Barradales. The move means the 41-partner firm has a presence in the three major cities in the region – Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. Three of Barradales’ four partners will become partners at their new firm, but the office […]

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