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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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Safety measures: de-risking pension schemes

For employers and trustees looking to ‘de-risk’ their pension schemes, the emergence of a series of inventive approaches to dealing with liabilities offer them genuine opportunities to achieve their goals. By Ian Cormican and Caroline Legg With the majority of final salary pension schemes now closed to new entrants and a sizeable number closed to […]

A&O, Addleshaws bag building society sale

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have won key roles on Skipton Building Society’s acquisition of Scarborough Building Society. The A&O team advising Skipton will be headed up by corporate partner Richard Slynn with employment and pensions advice provided by partners Stefan Martin and Maria Stimpson respectively. Scarborough will be advised by financial services […]

Covington enters Middle East alliance

US firm Covington & Burling has signed a strategic alliance with Qatar-based firm Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy. The move is part of Covington’s international expansion plan. In July the firm launched an office in Beijing, but has yet to open in the Middle East. Institution Quraysh has offices in Qatar, Saudi ­Arabia and […]

Feature: Tabloid blues – privacy and the press

Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre’s speech to the Society of Editors, in which he took Mr Justice Eady to task for his privacy rulings, has laid bare the simmering tensions between certain papers and the judiciary. The sex lives of the rich and famous make for salacious reading, but the juiciest information comes at a […]

Camerons gets tough on billing targets

CMS Cameron McKenna has introduced tougher billing targets for partners in a bid to improve the cashflow from recession-hit clients. The firm has introduced two-monthly targets for ­billable hours and cash ­collection. ;Previously ­partners were assessed on quarterly performance. Managing partner Duncan Weston said the move was designed to energise the business during a difficult […]

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