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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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Paul Newman, Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors

As a barrister employed within solicitors’ private practice, I read your front-page feature in the 7 May issue with interest.Following the bar rule changes, I have regained full rights of audience in the courts and currently have a pupil barrister working with me. Now restored to the ranks of the practising bar, albeit not in […]

[re]inventing the brand by Jean-NoëKapferer

published by Kogan Page (ISBN 0749435933) ‘The Brand’ is one of those terms thrown around in marketing speak. It has a nice jargon feel to enable marketing professionals to create an aura around their work but it is sufficiently vague to ensure that they cannot be held to account for how it works, or fails […]

David McIntosh, President of the Law Society

The Law Society Council has indeed decided that it is time to make sure it raises the resources it needs to be a model and modern regulator through the practising certificate fee.The fact that a postal vote was called for the 26 members of the profession – and not 90, as your article (‘City faces […]

A&O leapfrogs Freshfields in project finance league

Allen & Overy (A&O) has overtaken Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to take prime position as the number one adviser on global project finance deals. A&O advised on 16 projects worth just under $10.5bn (£7.38bn) in deals closing between 1 January and 30 June, according to a survey by Dealogic Capital Data ProjectWare.Freshfields, however, advised on only […]

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The apparent inevitability of the global law firm is being undermined by often guerilla-like tactics and legal xenophobia of many countries’ bars. Jon Robins reports on the worst places in the world to practise It may seem as if there is little that can stand in the way of the juggernaut-like progress of the modern […]

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