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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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Win a different type of case this Christmas

Grapple with Llewelyn Zietman’s yuletide brainteaser and you could be celebrating the new year with a case of champagne. 1. “You shall not permit a witch to live.” This is a quotation from which of the following books? (a) The Bible (b) The Koran (c) The Talmud (d) The Spanish Inquisition Code of Ethics (e) […]

Nurses get tough on health trusts

No more the reluctant litigant, the Royal College of Nursing has stepped up protection of its members, writes Roger Pearson. The nursing profession has toughened its stance on taking health authorities to court over injuries suffered by their members at work. Two recent cases, one at each end of the settlement scale, serve to illustrate […]

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Andrew Sanders, Alan Magnus and Gill McGreevy of DJ Freeman acted for Resolution Group in the u43.6m purchase and funding of Greater London House, Camden Town. The vendor, Kian Gwan Land, was advised by Charles Palmer and James Carter of Speechly Bircham.

Freshfields pulls off a hat-trick with Scottish Power's bid for Pacificorps

Freshfields’ reputation for international mega-merger work was strengthened this week after it completed work for Scottish Power on the company’s u4.2bn takeover of US generator Pacificorps. Scottish Power is the first-ever UK electricity utility to acquire a US power business. Only four weeks ago, The Lawyer revealed that Freshfields had been appointed legal adviser to […]

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