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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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Keeping abreast in partnership

In many firms, making up shedloads of women partners would be a cause for a certain amount of celebration – lots of PR value, women breaking through the glass ceiling, trebles all round. Ah, but not at Ashurst Morris Crisp. According to managing partner Justin ‘Pankhurst’ Spendlove, the fact that Ashursts made up 14 female […]

Dechert ups pay for new associates

Dechert has raised the game in first year associate salaries in the US after announcing an increase from $105,000 (£67,558) to $125,000 (£80,426) in its Philadelphia and Princeton offices, effective from January 2003 The raise brings associate salaries closer to those paid in Dechert’s Boston, New York and Washington DC offices. The move was quickly […]

Money laundering – ignorance is no defence

Professional practices are uniquely placed as facilitators to the business community and this, combined with a culture of trust and confidentiality, means that lawyers can become unwitting accomplices to money laundering activities. But this risk is often viewed as remote.There are three key elements to anti-money laundering legislation. First, it is an offence to assist […]

Separated at birth

Could it be true? Is Mark Stewart, one of Clifford Chance’s pre-eminent banking partners, really a furry-footed Hobbit with a magical ring? One glance at these photos proves that there must surely be a connection between the lovely Mr Stewart and Bilbo Baggins. Played by Ian Holm in the recent film Lord of the Rings: […]

The night shift

There are certain things that lawyers really shouldn’t do. Sleeping with a client is bad; sleeping with a number of your clients is even worse. Tulkinghorn is therefore a little concerned by the behaviour of Paul Renney, head of e-commerce at Theodore Goddard, who is planning to do just that. And he’s got the audacity […]

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