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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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Snow joke for panel lawyers

The last time a high street bank slashed its conveyancing panel, one objector launched a Government e-petition. The argument against HSBC was that slashing the roster of firms that can advise on its residential property sales from thousands to 43 was harsh on homebuyers in far-out locations who now have to travel to the nearest […]

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Everyone needs a pension, but the issues surrounding the development of pensions legislation are varied and complex How important is the move towards auto-enrolment in pensions? James MacKenzie, group legal manager, Aegon: Auto-enrolment will be a once-in-a-generation game-changer for UK pensions. For the first time, every eligible employee will ­become a member of a worksite […]

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Dewey unveils incentive scheme to stem partner exits

Dewey & LeBoeuf is planning to roll out an incentive plan to keep partners that would see the embattled US firm distribute profits over the course of several years. The firm – hit by 47 partner exits since the start of the year – is understood to be considering an option of paying out distributions […]

Squire Sanders set for Singapore launch with licence approval

Squire Sanders has secured a licence from Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers for its launch in the Lion City. The firm’s Singapore office will be headed by Ignatius Hwang, formerly the Singapore managing partner of Bryan Cave who joined the firm in February 2012 (16 February 2012). He will be supported by a team of three lawyers, […]

Freshfields adds Asia partners from Allens Arthur Robinson and Milbank

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has boosted its energy and infrastructure practices in Asia with partner hires from Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Gavin MacLaren, a partner at Australian firm AAR’s Melbourne office, and Mark Plenderleith, a partner at Milbank’s Tokyo office are both set to join Freshfields. MacLaren, who focuses on […]

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