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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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A leading in-house property lawyer has been recruited to boost Finers Stephens Innocent’s international practice. Ivor Schrago is joining the West End firm as a partner from Asian property company Vigers Asset Management, part of international property advisers GVA Grimley, where he was managing director. He has worked for the company in Hong Kong since […]

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Allen & Overy‘s new London-based Italian desk has acted on what it claims is one of the most significant deals ever in Italy. The Italian desk, which was set up at the end of last year, advised Mediobanca on its £2.4bn funding of the takeover of Italian chemical giant Montedison by industrial and insurance group […]

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The merger confirms Wragge’s strategy of growth by stealth, following its strategic merger with Birmingham construction firm Neil F Jones in October last year. The tie-up, bringing together a leading regional firm and a boutique London practice, is a match of resource and reputation. Wragge has an established international and corporate practice, employing nearly 300 […]

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