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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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The winners of The Lawyer’s competition to send two readers on charity-related field visits as honorary journalists – one to street children’s charity ChildHope’s operations in Tanzania and the other to the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust’s world-class laboratories in London – were announced last week. Jonathan Wood, an in-house lawyer in investment bank Calyon’s London […]

8 New Square loses Kitchin to the bench

Patent star David Kitchin QC has capped off a brilliant year with an appointment as a High Court judge in the Chancery Division, it was announced last week. Kitchin is one of five new High Court judges appointed by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA). Also joining him on the Bench are Cloisters Chambers’ Brian […]

SJ Berwin recaptures Usher from Dundas

SJ Berwin has won back senior competition partner Tom Usher from Dundas & Wilson almost 18 months after he defected from the firm. Usher left SJ Berwin to join the Edinburgh office of D&W as head of EU competition in January 2004. At the time he had hoped to base the majority of his work […]

Corporate to the four

Freshfields’ London corporate partners are hoping their massive restructure will reverse the stagnation of the last four years. What are its chances of success? By Matt Byrne

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