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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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Clifford Chance takes brunt of criticism; Linklaters’ responsibility ‘limited’ Clifford Chance has been heavily criticised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) report into Robert Maxwell’s business empire for its part in producing an “inaccurate and misleading” float prospectus. The firm is one of a host of City institutions to come under fire in […]

Sears moves firm for more money

Leading travel insolvency practitioner Trevor Sears is quitting Kingsford Stacey Blackwell for Davenport Lyons, giving the firm an insolvency capability for the first time. Sears has been a partner at Booth & Blackwell, which merged with Kingsford Stacey three years ago, since 1973. But last summer he decided to move, predominantly because of concerns over […]

Akin Gump doubles its London partnership

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is more than doubling the size of its London partnership with three new arrivals. Carl Liederman is joining from the firm’s Washington office, while two other lateral hire partners arrive from rival US firms. Jacqueline Maitland Davies is moving to London from Washington rival Williams & […]

Brobeck takes on Milbank Tweed partner

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has suffered another blow to its technology transactions group with the loss of a partner to Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. The departure of David Hudanish to the New York office of the Silicon Valley firm comes just weeks after the head of the group at Milbank, Dan Mummery, jumped ship […]

Taylor steps over Mudd to make Walker Morris managing partner

Leeds stalwart Walker Morris is radically overhauling its management team. Current managing partner Philip Mudd, who has held the position for the last three years, is stepping down at the end of the month. Only one person, banking and insolvency partner Michael Taylor, was nominated for the role. He was voted in on Friday (30 […]

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