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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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BLP acts after resignation

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has moved to establish new procedures to prevent a repeat of the errors that led to the resignation of real estate partner Vinay Veneik last week. A spokesperson told The Lawyer: “More stringent procedures have been put in place than existed before.” The firm would not comment on the nature of […]

Salans brings Hunton partner on board

Salans has boosted its London office with the hire of corporate partner Rob Askew from US firm Hunton & Williams. Askew’s practice focuses on equity capital markets, M&A and private equity, with an emphasis on advice to nominated advisers and brokers on AIM transactions. His appointment follows the promotions of 15 new partners at Salans, […]

Clifford Chance creates women’s network

The group, which is headed by competition partner Liz Morony and corporate partner Kathy Honeywood, has been established just weeks after the firm launched its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network. Morony said the network’s guiding principle will be to make the magic circle firm a better place to work by supporting women throughout […]

Nixon fixin’ to grow

It could be the dawning of a new era for Nixon Peabody. The US firm announced the election of New York-based finance head Richard Langan to managing partner, replacing the handsomely named Harry Trueheart III. The firm has high hopes for its international strategy, which recently saw the launch of the firm’s first European office […]

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