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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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Stone heads Barings action group

SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone has been appointed as chair of the Barings Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG), which seeks action to recoup losses to members following the collapse of merchant bank Barings. The BPNAG group represents more than 50 per cent of the 100 million bearer notes outstanding. Stone says: “A substantial fighting fund […]

Drive to deregulate Sunday trade laws

LOCAL authorities want to see the relaxation of legal restrictions on Sunday trading, a new survey has revealed. Research by property consultants Healey & Baker shows that nearly one third of councils favour increased deregulation of the law. Some want to remove the restrictions altogether and are planning to encourage the trend towards full Sunday […]

In brief: Report brands civil courts 'too slow'

The civil court system is condemned in a new survey as too slow, too complicated, open to manipulation and not user-friendly enough. Three quarters of people who have been involved in a dispute criticised the procedure and only 13 per cent found it easy to understand. The survey for the BBC Radio 4 ‘Law in […]

IT expert to head Pacific venture

US LEGAL management consultants Altman Weil Pensa has announced plans to establish a presence in the Pacific Rim under the direction of former Cameron Markby Hewitt information technology head Wendy London. London, who left CMH in 1994, will also become head of a new information, media and communications group at 21-partner Australian firm Price Brent […]

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