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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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Pinsents lands Govt nuclear adviser

Pinsent Masons has boosted its nuclear group with the hire of former government adviser Ian Downing as a consultant. Downing was director of international nuclear policy and programmes for the Department of Trade and Industry for eight years before his retirement this summer. In the late 1980s Downing was principal policy adviser on the staff […]

Firm profile: Bell & Scott

Niche Scottish property firm Bell & Scott is on an expansion drive, according to managing partner Iain MacDonald, with a move into new Glasgow premises heralding the beginning of the growth. Just one year after relaunching itself as a commercial property boutique following the spin-off of its two-partner private client team to Pagan Osborne, the […]

UK firms benefit from Deutsche’s RREEF panel

A range of UK firms are celebrating roles on the new roster for Deutsche Bank Asset Management’s flagship alternative investment fund RREEF Alternative Investments. CMS Cameron McKenna, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Fladgate Fielder and SJ Berwin are all understood to have secured their relationships with RREEF following the review. RREEF handles investments in real estate, infrastructure, […]

BLP nets Cadwalader securitisation ace

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s London securitisation special counsel Nick Butler has left the firm to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner. His appointment bolsters BLP’s securitisation practice, which was formed last year following the appointment of partners Tamara Box from Lovells, former European general counsel of FinancialGuarantee Insurance Company Paul Severs and Tom […]

Linklaters: Forging new Links

Linklaters is consigning its Cologne office to the history books in favour of opening in Düsseldorf with the hire of a highly rated Freshfields duo. But with the pair’s remuneration outstripping other partners’, can it keep its existing German staff happy? Linklaters.jpg” alt=”Linklaters: Forging new Links” />It was a clear February day and crammed into […]

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