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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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Two more department heads defect from Lyons Davidson

Bristol firm Lyons Davidson has lost two more heads of departments – bringing the number of partner defections to three in the last month. Head of pensions Sarah Jeffrey-Gray and head of employment Jane Bridgwater have both joined Bristol rival Burges Salmon as associates. Their moves follow the departure of the head of environmental and […]

UK firms advise on Cap Gemini merger

Linklaters and Slaughter and May are handling the merger of French management consultants Cap Gemini with Ernst & Young’s consultancy arm. Corporate partner Richard Godden is leading the Linklaters team, which is advising Ernst & Young on UK and French matters. Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is representing Ernst & Young on US […]

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The property department at City firm Rowe & Maw is launching an online information system to give clients daily updates on the progress of their deals. Each major investment acquisition, disposal or management project will have its own website which is accessible to the client, their agents and funders, with their own passwords and usernames. […]

M&S Financial Services plans to take debt recovery in-house

Marks & Spencer Financial Services is conducting a massive overhaul of its legal department in an attempt to retain more work in-house. The department currently houses teams focusing on just litigation and compliance. However, Peter Green, solicitor and company secretary at M&S Financial Services, says the department is setting up a new debt recovery capability. […]

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