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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 […]

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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 […]

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Impact of 2019 budget proposals on Dutch’s buyout sector

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I have recently received SIF In Focus for November 1998. My partners and I are astonished to see this crude propaganda campaign. Please would you explain to me at, whose cost this material is prepared, printed and published. Is this a charge to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF)? If so, how can this cost be […]

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