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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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Akerman nominates first firm president

US firm Akerman Senterfitt has taken steps to create its first-ever firm president, nominating its chief operating shareholder to the role. M&A partner Robert Zinn will be Akerman’s inaugural president, which is akin to a managing partner at a UK firm, as first revealed by The Lawyer (23 April). Zinn will be responsible for the […]

DWS partner appointments halved from last year’s round

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has promoted only 12 associates to its partnership, which is less than half the number of promotions of last year. London benefited from 10 of the new promotions, with Dubai and Cairo bagging the remaining two. Last year the firm promoted 26 associates to the partnership. DWS chief executive Howard Morris […]

Beachcroft swoops for MBRM’s public law team

Beachcroft has hired the entire public law team from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM), taking one partner and two assistants. Tony Child, who set up MBRM’s public law department in 1995, will leave the firm this week to join Beachcroft. He will take a team of two assistants and one legal executive with him. […]

The work-life quiz with Jonathan Stephens

What was your first-ever job?Haymaking in the summer of 1976. Fortunately it was the year of the severe drought and the bales were really light. Name: Jonathan Stephens Firm: Wilsons Title: Managing partner Lives: Dorset Education: Sevenoaks School; London School of Economics; College of Law Work history: 1980: Qualified as a solicitor; worked in the […]

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