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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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In brief: County court users conference

The theme of the sixth County Court Users Association annual conference will be ‘They are your Courts – Use Them or Lose Them’. The event, being staged in Birmingham on 10-11 May, will be chaired by Jeremy Sutcliffe of Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick. Michael Heubner, chief executive of the new court service agency, will address […]

SBA makes record level of awards

MORE than u1 million in awards was authorised last year by the Solicitors Benevolent Association, for the first time in its 138-year history. The association, which offers financial assistance to English and Welsh solicitors and their dependants, has also recorded a deficit of u50,000 for 1994. Association secretary Commander Nick Lorimer says the awards consist […]

A&O partner attacks discovery process

THE DISCOVERY process does little to affect the outcome of litigation in the vast majority of cases, according to a survey by Allen & Overy. A&O partner David Mackie highlighted the findings at Lord Woolf’s final seminar on Access to Justice. Mackie told City lawyers and judges that the existing system was “unsatisfactory” before pointing […]

In brief: Bolton merger forms Fieldings Porter

Bolton firms Fieldings and Porter Hope & Knipe will merge on 1 May. The new firm will practice under the name of Fieldings Porter. The practice will operate from Fieldings’ existing offices in Silverwell House, as well as premises in Blackburn, Westhoughton and Astley Bridge. Fieldings Porter will consist of 12 partners and 20 fee […]

Bank of Scotland trims legal panel

The Royal Bank of Scotland, banker to scores of law firms, has slimmed down one of its specialist legal panels. Routine personal debt recovery work is now being carried out by a handful of practices linked to a computer network. The panel has shrunk from about 35 to just nine firms to take advantage of […]

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