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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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Shanghai dawn for Squire Sanders

Squire Sanders & Dempsey is continuing its push into China with the unveiling of a Shanghai office. Squire Sanders Beijing managing partner Dan Roules, who is also in charge of coordinating the firm’s China practices, will head the office, dividing his time between Beijing and Shanghai. Communications partner Amy Sommers will become a full-time resident […]

Opinion

The Jersey Financial Services Commission recently issued a new policy to ensure that funds aimed at expert investors can be established quickly and cost-effectively in Jersey, and to provide certainty and guidance to those wishing to establish such funds. The policy follows detailed consultation with industry in Jersey and the UK and a benchmarking exercise […]

Firm profile: Clarke Willmott

A lot of law firms talk about understanding their clients’ needs, but Clarke Willmott claims to offer “more understanding”. This is the South West firm’s brand, and it means what it says. “It could sound a bit nebulous,” says managing partner David Sedgwick, “but we’re serious.” What, though, does the brand mean? “Primarily, it’s to […]

Bird & Bird raids French independent for lateral

Bird & Bird’s Paris office has scooped the head of the data protection group from powerhouse IT boutique Alain Bensoussan Avocats. Partner Ariane Mole and one assistant will join Bird & Bird at the beginning of June. Prior to her time at Bensoussan, Mole worked for the European Commission where she assisted with the creation […]

Fujitsu and Co-op face retrial

The House of Lords has rejected Fujitsu’s pleas to hear its infamous case against the Co-op, which is now set for a complete retrial. The case, centred on a dispute over an IT contract, which has been running for two years, has cost almost £5m in legal fees and has tarnished the reputations of lawyers, […]

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