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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 […]

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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 […]

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Austria: The DPA’s strict view on retention periods

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In brief: Dibbs designs SOAP case management system

City firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has developed a case management system designed to make the costs and intricacies of litigation obvious to the client. It is called the SOAP system, which stands for Style of Approach Initiative.

Solo lawyers not to blame

My attention has been drawn to a piece in The Lawyer (8 September) which refers to an article under my name in the magazine Solo – published by the Sole Practitioners Group for its members. The Lawyer piece implied that I was suggesting that sole practitioners are most guilty of negligence and incompetent conveyancing. However, […]

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Woolwich Property Services in-houser John Cugley (pictured left with England rugby union manager Roger Uttley) spent nine days rowing from The Thames’ highest navigable river to Greenwich in order to raise money for the children’s charity Sparks. So far his 150-mile marathon has raised £6,000.

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