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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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Merger gifts leading PI firm a commercial arm

Professional indemnity firm Plexus Law is to merge with commercial solicitors Gaston Whybrew (GW) at the end of this month. The newly-created firm will retain the name Plexus Law and remain part of umbrella organisation Parabis Group, with the GW’s Colchester office being incorporated into the practice. Plexus’ current managing partner Tim Oliver will remain […]

M&S puts legal team at heart of growth strategy

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has ramped up its legal department with two crucial hires that will put the team at the centre of chief executive Stuart Rose’s new expansion strategy. Head of legal Robert Ivens has hired property lawyers Sara Wain-Heapy from Clifford Chance and Steven Haynes from Nabarro Nathanson. They will join M&S as […]

Baker Botts suffers from K&S Dubai raid

King & Spalding has bolstered its burgeoning Dubai operation with the hire of three associates from US rival Baker Botts. The firm, which opened in the Dubai International Financial Centre earlier this month, is also to formalise an association with a Riyadh-based Saudi Arabian firm. The additional lawyers in Dubai bring the Atlanta-headquartered firm’s Middle […]

Simpson Thacher raises salary bar after ‘very busy’ year

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hiked associate salaries by 10 per cent as the battle for New York talent hots up. Simpson has raised its salary for newly-qualified associates to $160,000 with salaries across the board rising on a sliding scale so that those with nine years’ experience will receive $290,000. In a memorandum to […]

Paul Weiss hit by $80m Citibank-WorldCom suit

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is being sued to the tune of $80m by a former Citigroup executive who claims the firm breached conflict of interest rules. Paul Weiss advised Citigroup on its 2004 severance package deal with former co-head of the bank’s private wealth management group David Trautenberg. The deal saw Trautenberg leave […]

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