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By Michael Ruck The penultimate part in our FCA Priorities series focuses on the cross-sector priority of fair treatment of existing customers. Over the last few years the FCA have increasingly focused on this issue, unhappy that firms were attracting new customers with preferential rates/incentives whilst not offering those rates and incentives to their existing […]

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By Dan Sweeney Tough trading conditions on the high street have led several major retailers to seek rent cuts or turnover-based rents from their landlords. Monsoon Accessorize, H&M and Primark are amongst those hitting the headlines for entering into these discussions. There is an acknowledgment across a significant part of the market – including occupiers […]

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