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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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A coalition of councils, probation boards and penal reformers has formed to lobby the Government to let local authorities play a greater part in tackling the UK’s chronic problem of criminal reoffending and in rescuing its overloaded prison system. The Coalition of Social and Criminal Justice, which has members including the Local Government Association (LGA), […]

Client upturn prompts Turcan Connell London expansion

Scottish private client and charities specialist Turcan Connell is heading to London following a recent surge in its international client base. The firm’s joint senior partner Douglas Connell told The Lawyer that the firm had picked up more clients based in England and overseas and as a result was examining ways to better advise those […]

Alston & Bird names new boss a year hence

Alston & Bird has announced its new managing partner more than a year in advance of his appointment. Richard Hays, brother of Robert Hays, the chairman of rival Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding, will succeed incumbent Ben Johnson when Johnson steps down in 2008. Johnson, 63, is obliged to retire by firm policy, which dictates […]

TCC scoops second High Court judge

The Technology & Construction Court (TCC) has appointed Mr Justice Ramsey as the second High Court judge to sit regularly in the court, alongside TCC head Mr Justice Jackson. Ramsey J’s appointment comes as the TCC publishes its annual report. The report reveals that the vast majority of cases which are brought to the TCC […]

Women raise the bar

At the recent annual conference of the bar, one of the topics under discussion was – predictably – diversity. How can this ultra-traditional profession keep attracting women and ethnic minorities to practice?Last week 7 Bedford Row helped demonstrate one way, by electing one of its two female silks to the position of head of chambers. […]

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