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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…

The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

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Kevin Lloyd is rejoining Herbert Smith as a litigation partner

Kevin Lloyd is rejoining Herbert Smith as a litigation partner. Lloyd left the firm in 1988 for Australian firm Mallesons, where he was made a partner in 1990, handling commercial litigation cases caused by the corporate collapses of the late 1980s. Freshfields is appointing Jacques-Phillipe Gunther, a French avocat and competition specialist, as a partner […]

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Charles Baker

Abigail Townsend meets Lawrence Graham’s new shipping partner Charles Baker, a lawyer who loves to travel but hates the journey from his home to Heathrow. Charles Baker, maritime expert and new shipping partner at Lawrence Graham, is a keen traveller and explorer of different cultures – but he has his limits. While he is happy […]

BP chops in-house legal team

Up to 20 per cent of BP’s in-house lawyers are to be axed over the next couple of months as a result of the £67.5bn merger with Amoco completed late last year. BP is planning to cut its legal department, which employs over 340 lawyers worldwide. Peter Bevan, head of BP’s legal department, says: “The […]

Litigation Writs 11/01/99

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is suing Michael Clarke, of London SE6, in respect of a collapsed £2.2m property deal. The writ says Clarke agreed to buy property called Lake View at Farnborough, in Kent, with additional land, for £2.2m in December 1995, and instructed solicitors Streathers to act for him. It alleges that Mr […]

Brothers in law put up a fight

They are the wise guys. Richard and Ian Wise to be precise. And between them they have kept thousands of Britain’s most disadvantaged citizens out of jail. Last month, they won a landmark High Court ruling giving hundreds of fine defaulters the go-ahead to begin compensation claims for wrongful imprisonment. Their influence is becoming legendary […]

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