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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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Scottish uprising

Scottish firms are gearing up for a better time after two years in the doldrums, says Margaret Taylor  After a torrid 2008-09, Scotland’s law firms continued to suffer during the 2009-10 financial year. Of the top 20 Scottish firms by turnover McGrigors, which posted a revenue rise of 10 per cent, recorded the highest […]

Macfarlanes names new managing partner, re-elects senior partner

Macfarlanes has named banking and finance head Julian Howard as its next managing partner. Howard takes over from Simon Martin, who will return to full-time fee earning after serving a full three-year term in the managing partner post. Meanwhile, senior partner Charles Martin has been reappointed for a further three years in his role. Charles […]

Focus on Lone Star state as merger plans take shape

Merger-mania hit the US late last month as two potentially market-changing deals broke cover in less than a week. Then, within 24 hours, one collapsed. Few in the market will have been surprised that Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe featured prominently in one of the potential mergers. The firm, which earlier this year confirmed it had […]

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