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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 […]

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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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RPC and Doughty Street seal CoA victory for The Guardian

RPC senior associate Brid Jordan and Doughty Street Chambers’ Gavin Miller QC have won a major case for The Guardian in the Court of Appeal (CoA), which ruled that the media has a right to see documents used in criminal cases. The Guardian appealed a judicial review ruling given by the Administrative Court that found […]

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Finers partner slams SRA’s new rules on defending solicitors

Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) partner Ian Ryan has quit his role on the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) panel in protest at new rules that he claims restrict his practice. Ryan, a partner and head of business crime and professional discipline at FSI, refused to agree to new terms in his contract that would have stopped […]

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Firm banks on ’sector-led’ approach as it dumps Euro alliance and sets out on the acquisition trail Last week Osborne Clarke embarked on an ambitious journey to transform itself from a domestic firm into a European outfit after revealing plans to dismantle its longstanding European alliance and merge in Italy and Spain. The decision to […]

Freshfields names social mobility ‘sponsor’ as part of diversity push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed real estate lawyer Annette Byron as its partner in charge of social mobility. Byron will support the firm’s social mobility programmes as the ‘sponsor’ responsible for the area. She will continue in her role as the sponsor for ethnicity initiatives, with the magic circle firm operating a six-pronged system in […]

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