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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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Third sector specialists Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has become the latest firm to be granted an ABS licence, paving the way for its first non-lawyer partner. BWB was handed the licence by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority earlier this week. The firm has now made up former Baker Tilly partner Jim Clifford to the equity partnership […]

The big PEP row: why profit does matter

Fresh from its tripartite merger last year, and in the middle of the UK financial results season, Dentons has decided to launch a tirade at the way the media and analysts look at law firm financial reporting. The firm’s decision to stop reporting average profit per partner figures prompted an impassioned defence of the metric […]

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No5’s Earl Pinnock set to defend in Dean Mayley murder trial

Two teenage boys, both aged 17, have been charged with the murder of Dean Mayley, a 24-year-old with learning difficulties. Barrister Earl Pinnock from No5 Chambers will be defending in this trial. Mayley was stabbed once in the chest as he walked on Ruislip Road, Greenford, west London, on 7 February. The teenage boys also […]

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