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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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Singapore launch builds Beachcroft’s global muscle

Beachcroft is set to launch in Singapore to build its international insurance risk practice. The move into Singapore marks a change in emphasis, with Beachcroft looking to build its core practices internationally. Senior partner Simon Hodson said the move was in response to client demand. “We’re not seeking to expand arbitrarily across the globe, but […]

Life in the slow lane

Economic recovery is being held back by unhelpful government actions, typified by recent legislative moves on PPPs. Romania is one of Europe’s stragglers in terms of economic recovery. After a sharp economic decline of 7.7 per cent in 2009, credit ratings agency Fitch announced in December 2010 that it expected the country’s GDP to contract […]

Loyens boosts partnership with five promotions

Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff has promoted five associates to partner in its Netherlands and Luxembourg offices. In Rotterdam Remco Bäcker and Jan-Willem van Rooij are made up. Bäcker is a competition lawyer specialising in environmental and spatial planning and construction law. Van Rooij is a corporate lawyer advising on international and domestic matters. Jan […]

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Work Life Quiz: Jonathan Peacock, Irwin Mitchell

What was your first-ever job? Selling vintage clothing on Portobello market. What was your worst experience as a trainee? I had to prepare proceedings for a man whose neighbours were building an extension which encroached on his garden, but the names of the three women who owned the house sounded familiar. They were the wives […]

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