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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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175 lawyers take silk including a record number of women

A record number of lawyers have been appointed silk in the first round of appointments for three years, with 175 new QCs informed of their awards today (18 July). A preliminary list of commercial sets shows few surprises, with most chambers winning one or two new QCs from among the bar’s most respected senior juniors. […]

US government case set to collapse after Enron boss death

The death of Enron’s former chairman and chief executive Kenneth Lay on 5 July has raised a difficult legal question – whether it will scuttle the US government’s $43.5m (£23.62m) forfeiture claim against him. And it is looking increasingly likely that the government will not like the answer. US lawyers have warned that Lay’s unexpected […]

Littleton elects new joint heads of chambers

Littleton Chambers has voted in Andrew Clarke QC and Clive Freedman QC as new joint heads of chambers, after former head Michel Kallipetis QC stepped down. Littleton Chambers has voted in Andrew Clarke QC and Clive Freedman QC as new joint heads of chambers, after former head Michel Kallipetis QC stepped down. Clarke is an employment specialist and Freedman […]

Lawrence Graham seeks to rebuild European ties

Lawrence Graham seeks to rebuild European ties” /> Lawrence Graham has started to rebuild its presence in Europe by forming links with independent law firms after its original European network disbanded earlier this year. The firm has built up relationships with two or three firms in each major European jurisdiction, including France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Bill […]

Close calls

The role of local councils in improving the country’s infrastructure is being brought into sharp focus by a new Government report and the Lyons Inquiry. Guy Hinchley and Nathan Holden report The Government’s long-awaited proposals for change in local government had originally been earmarked for a summer white paper. However, following the ministerial reshuffle in […]

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