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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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Boon for Clearys in biggest ever deal by HSBC

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the main legal victor in HSBC’s billion-pound purchase of the Safra empire. Clearys’ New York and London offices are HSBC’s main lawyers in the $10.3bn buyout of US banks Republic New York Corporation and its sister company Safra Republic Holdings. The deal is HSBC’s largest ever and will prove […]

Expert experts head to head

Accountants feel unfairly slighted when their services as expert witnesses are rejected summarily by lawyers, simply because their firm acts as the client’s auditor. The implied perception of bias is, they believe, insulting and unjustified. Are they right? Objectivity and independence are the qualities of an expert, rigorously emphasised by the new Civil Procedure Rules […]

Bevan Ashford to pay damages

Bevan Ashford has been ordered to pay compensation to a trainee solicitor sacked for being drunk in public. Patricia Durham Hall claimed wrongful dismissal and sex discrimination after a colleague reported her as being “very drunk” and unsteady on her feet in Exeter city centre last December. As a result, she was sacked for gross […]

Square Mile

Read the facts in the next few lines, think about them, then read them again. They go to the core of our values as a profession. In the 16 months to the end of December 1998, the OSS received 41,380 complaints against solicitors, an average of 2,586 a month. This represents a 39 per cent […]

Romania promises rich pickings for City firms

The Romanian legal market is set to boom within the next 18 months and City firms may be looking to take advantage according to Nicholas Hammond, former head of Taylor Joynson Garrett’s Bucharest office, who has moved to a US firm Arent Fox based the in city. Bucharest, he says, is a burgeoning market for […]

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