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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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3-4 South Square – UK 100

Turnover: £22.5m Head of chambers: Michael Crystal QC and Lord Alexander of Weeden QC Total tenants (silks): 44 (16) Door tenants: 12 Chambers contributions: 11.5 per cent Revenue per barrister: £480,000 Top cases last year: BCCI/Bank of England; BCCI/Bank of America; Enron; Deacons/White & Case; Spectrum Plus. No of appearances in House of Lords: 10 […]

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw – UK 100

UK/global turnover: £79m/£496m UK/global PEP: £370,000/£500,000 UK/global revenue per lawyer: £306,000/£397,000 UK revenue per partner/equity partner: £0.8m/£1.3m Global revenue per equity partner: £1.2m UK/global number of partners: 63(98)/426 UK/global number of lawyers: 258/1,249 UK number of staff: 550 UK/global leverage ratio: 1:3/1:1.9 UK equity partner to staff ratio: 1:8.7 Equity structure: Modified lockstep. Lockstep for […]

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The Freedom of Information Act: social revolution or most notable for its exemptions? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) went live on 1 January 2005. More than 100,000 public authorities will have to respond to ‘information access requests’ within a short timeframe, usually 20 days. Anybody can request information of any type from any public […]

Competition issues form the battleground in fight for LSE

LSE tie-up with Deutsche Börse or Euronext hangs on which regulator’s lap it lands in. By Helen Power It is currently anybody’s guess as to whether the London Stock Exchange (LSE) will end up operating under a German flag or a French one, but after 200 years in British hands, it is now certain that […]

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