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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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Clarks ups insolvency with Morgan Cole partner

Thames Valley firm Clarks has taken on an insolvency specialist from Morgan Cole as it attempts to raise its profile in the sector. Paul Rippon has joined Clarks’ corporate and technology group, bringing more than 10 years experience as a corporate and personal insolvency partner at Morgan Cole. Rippon, who specialises in non-contentious insolvency, will […]

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Masons beats rivals to win Defra IT work

Masons has fought off competition from six other firms to win a massive IT outsourcing contract from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) The project, which will see Defra outsource its current IT infrastructure services and applications development, has an estimated value of more than £350m.Masons partner David Isaac led the team, […]

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