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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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OSS seeks funds to clear backlog

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors is asking for more than £700,000 from the Law Society to help clear a projected backlog of 370 cases. The OSS, whose operating costs account for around a third of the Law Society’s budget, is to employ nine new staff, seven of whom will be investigative accountants. The […]

Manches & Co invests in VoiceType Dictation system

London solicitors Manches & Co has ordered eight more copies of IBM’s VoiceType Dictation 3.0 system, bringing its total to 13 copies. The system, which allows users to dictate their own documents direct to screen and correct them without secretarial help, has been tested by the firm’s 110 fee earners over the past two years. […]

Mears tries the 'carrot' approach with client care programme

The maxim “the customer is always right” does not appear to have gained much currency among solicitors. Each year 20,000 complaints flood in to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). “With that number of complaints, there is something wrong,” surmised former Law Society president Martin Mears, the surprise choice as the head of […]

Fairer play on training

As one of the first of the LPC graduates of 1994 and one who has been unable to find a training contract, I was interested to read Tony Holland’s article in The Lawyer 19 November. I am a mature candidate with a wealth of experience in discrimination law. It is a sad state of affairs […]

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