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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 murder trial of GP Harold Shipman, currently being tried at Preston Crown Court, is horrifying the nation. Shipman is accused of murdering 15 women patients for pleasure. Warwick firm Moore & Tibbits partner Angela Woodruff, whose mother was allegedly a victim of Shipman, uncovered the case after noticing mistakes in her mother’s will. Leading […]

Developer to sue Dibbs over alleged conflict of interest

Dibb Lupton Alsop is being sued for £600,000 over accusations it acted for both sides in a multi-million pound property finance deal. Developer Chapel and London Estates and four private guarantors are alleging in a high court claim that, in 1994, Dibbs’ Birmingham office advised both sides of a funding deal and drew up a […]

Pinsents elects new chief

Pinsent Curtis has elected Birmingham head of tax David Ryan to the new post of national managing partner. Ryan joined Pinsent & Co in 1990 from City practice Freshfields. He was made head of tax in 1997 two years after the firm’s merger with Simpson Curtis. The 134-partner practice is still deciding who will replace […]

LawSoc votes for MDPs after 10-year wait

After three consultation processes spanning more than a decade, the Law Society council has finally opened the door to multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). An overwhelming council majority has voted to work towards “allowing solicitors… to provide any legal service through any medium to anyone”. This would include lawyers from partnerships within other professions. Financial advisers and […]

Insurance claim for Lords

A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding […]

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