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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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AWB aims for regional network

THIS YEAR will see the Association of Women Barristers spreading its wings outside London. The association will be setting up regional groups run along the same lines as those of the Association of Women Solicitors, each with a separate chair and secretary. “There is a growing interest in support and information networks for women barristers […]

Renewal of emergency law shows 'disregard' for rights

CIVIL and human rights groups are dismayed at the Government’s renewal of its existing emergency powers in Northern Ireland. They argue that even the recent drug-related killings, widely thought to be the work of IRA members, do not constitute a proper state of emergency. Renewal of the “excessive” powers for another two years is against […]

Top names rally to charity's cause

AN IMPRESSIVE array of senior legal figures has rallied to the banner of a cash-strapped charity dedicated to finding missing people. Nine lawyer members of the House of Lords have signed up as vice-patrons of a new national appeal being launched by the National Missing Persons Helpline, established three years ago. Among them are Vice-Chancellor […]

Lawyers back Labour ruling

TOP employment barrister David Pannick QC has applauded an industrial tribunal ruling against the Labour Party’s women-only shortlists. And Pannick, who originally condemned the party’s policy after its introduction over two years ago, said although opposing opinions were “clearly arguable”, if an appeal were launched, “I would expect the Employment Appeal tribunal to reach the […]

In brief: Bar School joins forces in equality drive

The Bar School has agreed to work with the Commission for Racial Equality to reduce the disparity in exam success between ethnic minority and white students. As part of a joint agreement published this week, the Council of Legal Education, which runs the school, has agreed to undertake a research and monitoring programme to pinpoint […]

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