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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…

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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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Allen & Overy scooped the lead role advising on the first ever sukuk programme in Kuwait. The firm, advised joint arrangers, BNP Paribas, National Bank of Kuwait, Standard Chartered Bank and WestLB on the $1.5bn sukuk programme for National Industries Group Holding (NIG). Lead partner on the deal was Roger Wedderburn-Day, assisted by consultant Anzal […]

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A group of survivors and relatives of victims of London’s 7 July 2005 bombings are to take legal action against the government to force an inquiry into the events of that day. The group is being represented on a pro bono basis by London’s Oury Clark Solicitors, a 20-lawyer white collar crime boutique. The firm […]

CC returns to BLP for second real estate revenge raid

Clifford Chance has returned to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to plunder its real estate practice for a second time in the latest instalment of an uneasy tit-for-tat rivalry. Clifford Chance is taking on partner Catherine Cook from BLP. She follows real estate partner Franc Peña, who joined Clifford Chance from BLP last month (July). The […]

Avoiding a Brum steer

Birmingham was traditionally the market into which ambitious South West firms would expand. Now London is the more attractive option Aspirant law firms in England’s South West have been flocking to Birmingham in recent years, but the increasingly crowded market means expansionist South West firms now need to look elsewhere for growth opportunities. The Bristol […]

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