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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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German firm quits Spain

German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener is to close its Alicante office before the end of the year. The office was opened over two years ago to process Community Trade Mark (CTM) applications at the CTM office, based in Alicante. The firm said it could handle the work from its Munich office.

Linklaters seizes FTSE client as SA giant relists in London

Linklaters is to gain a major FTSE-100 client when South African mining giant Anglo American makes its £6bn relisting on the London Stock Exchange. The firm is taking on one of the biggest ever UK listings – a job that will take its 10-strong team about five months to complete and earn the firm about […]

Lawyers at play

Race horses, exhibitions, concerts and conferences are all sponsored by firms. But now Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has taken the concept to new heights. At the Cheltenham festival of literature the firm sponsored Chris Patten, the ex-Tory MP and former governor of Hong Kong. He gave a sell-out talk about his new book about […]

In brief: Finance barrister heads to Howard Kennedy

Peter Droussiotis has joined London firm Howard Kennedy as head of the corporate insurance group. A barrister and former senior corporate finance adviser with Price Waterhouse, Droussiotis specialises in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, general corporate law and non-contentious insurance.

Insurance lawyers rage against fees

THE Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) has reacted with fury to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s announcement that success fees and insurance premiums will be recoverable by plaintiffs in conditional fee cases. Foil president Martin Bruffell slated the move as “political expediency” and said the group had calculated it would cost the taxpayer “at least […]

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