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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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Worry over media curbs on tribunals

GOVERNMENT proposals to restrict media reporting of industrial tribunals will hamper proper coverage of such cases and would erode the “principle of open justice”, say lawyers for the newspaper industry. Increased powers to limit the identification of parties would apply to defendant companies as much as plaintiffs. Lawyers say reduced reporting would discourage members of […]

Nuclear Testing. TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

20 December 1974; ICJ gives judgment in the nuclear tests cases (Australia v France, New Zealand v France). December 1991; President Mitterand announces moratorium on further French nuclear tests, to take effect in May 1992. 9 May 1995; Adoption of indefinite extension to Non Proliferation Treaty: France agrees to exercise “utmost restraint” in conduct of […]

The Prejudice Barrier

Overcoming academic hurdles is an everyday occurrence in a student’s life, but overcoming prejudice can be more difficult. Those entering the legal profession often come up against discrimination because of their educational background, age or ethnic minority. Although some in-roads have been made with, for example the referral scheme launched on the initiative of the […]

Which? fights Shoosmiths with libel writ

THE CONSUMERS’ Association has issued a libel writ against a firm which accused it of botching up the damning Which? survey on the quality of legal advice. The writ against Shoosmiths & Harrison follows the Northampton firm’s own writ against the association. The firm claimed the association wrongly said in its Which? survey that the […]

In brief: BT's Greenberg steps up to director

BT has announced the appointment of its general counsel Jack Greenberg as the director, legal affairs, of BT Global Communications. He remains general counsel and secretary for Concert, BT and MCI’s joint venture global networking company. In his new role he reports to Colin Green, secretary and chief legal adviser. Greenberg, who has been with […]

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