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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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Litigation Writs 28/04/98

A major High Court damages claim has been launched over alleged structural defects at the White Lion Walk shopping centre in Guildford. The owner of the shopping centre has launched a claim over the design of the development’s atrium roof. Britel Fund Trustees is suing White Lion Walk and Tarmac, both of Wolverhampton, and Crampin […]

In brief: ELF campaigns for road safety legislation

The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has published a report, ‘Options for Civilising Road Traffic’, calling for legislation to create strict liability offences for motorists who injure cyclists and pedestrians. Under the legislation, it would be ‘an offence for a driver of a motor vehicle to injure a child pedestrian or a cyclist, unless he can […]

Flooding causes OSS to sink under backlog of complaints

A flood at the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) in Leamington Spa has soaked the files of 2,000 complainants and will drastically slow down the work of staff already struggling under a huge backlog and a 30 per cent surge in complaints. The extent of the damage at the OSS, which was hit […]

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