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Longer term tenancies? Potential implications for lenders

Walker Morris’ Housing and Banking Litigation experts Karl Anders, Justin Coley and Sandip Singh explain the UK government’s consultation on introducing longer-term tenancies in the private rented sector, with a particular focus on potential impacts for lenders…

Assessing creditworthiness in consumer credit: FCA publishes final rules and guidance

The results of a large-scale survey by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in 2017 indicated, among other things, that: 75% of UK adults had one or more consumer credit products or loans in the previous 12 months; 4.1 million people were “in difficulty” because they had already failed to pay domestic bills or meet credit […]

Open Banking, fintech and the Brexit hokey cokey

By Miles Trower London is, arguably, the most important global hub for financial services. As a result, the consequences of the Brexit vote, the ensuing uncertainty and the eventual transitional and regulatory framework applying to UK financial services and how it will continue to access overseas markets has been subject to huge speculation. Much of […]

FCA consultation on a Global Financial Innovation Network

By Russell Kelsall On 7 August 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation on the creation of a Global Financial Innovation consultation. With innovation in the global financial services market rapidly increasing, it is important for firms to consider the options for building, implementing and sharing experiences of digital solutions.

Austria: The DPA’s strict view on retention periods

At the end of July, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (‘DPA’) published its first decision on retention periods applying the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’; DSB-D216.471/0001-DSB/2018). The decision is final. The DPA had to decide for which period a provider of telecommunications services (hereinafter: the ‘controller’) may (respectively must) retain so-called master data, required for […]

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Ashurst gives staff a shot at counsel post

Ashurst has revamped its associate career path, introducing the position of counsel as an alternative or added step to partnership across its entire international network. The new role, to be introduced in the new financial year, will be targeted at lawyers working in jurisdictions or practice areas that do not have the business case for […]

Appeal judges posit procedural shift in commercial rulings

A new approach needs to be taken in arbitration clauses and the construction of jurisdiction in international commercial situations, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a landmark decision. Court of Appeal judges Lord Justices Tuckey and Longmore and Lady Justice Arden held that a line should be drawn under the existing authorities and a […]

Orrick’s art of disintegration

Here’s a postscript to the Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Dewey Ballantine merger talks. Last weekend Orrick’s partners met in New York for their conference. This was supposed to be the first time that the fast-growing West Coast-originated legal leviathan had sat down with its new East Coast solid and stolid new brothers in arms […]

Lovells offers senior associate role and ditches PQE

Lovells has become the latest firm to overhaul its associate career path by launching a new senior associate role across its entire global network. The new structure, which was unveiled to associates during a series of presentations in late January, is designed to introduce consistency of approach across offices in different jurisdictions. It will also […]

Takeover Panel to probe schemes of arrangement

The Takeover Panel is set to study schemes of arrangement and will clarify its position later this year. The panel only has two references to schemes of arrangement in the Takeover Code, and according to City lawyers there is a ‘shoehorning’ of rules, but that will end with the implementation of explicit rules. A spokesperson […]

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