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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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Are deals back? You might not think so from reading this week’s feature on public M&A fees. They’re down by 3 per cent compared with the same period last year, and 35 per cent compared with the previous six months. But statistics don’t tell you everything. Of course, deals never truly went away, and there […]

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Addleshaw Goddard managing partner John Joyce has installed Gulf and Asia regional office heads in the latest stage of ongoing management reform at the firm. It comes as part of an overhaul of the management team following the election of Joyce as managing partner in May (16 May 2014). The two new heads are construction […]

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Slaughters dominates stock market rankings despite Pinsents playing catch-up

Slaughter and May continues to advise more stock market clients than any other firm, with 119 currently on its books. Firms including Pinsent Masons, Herbert Smith Freehills, Carey Olsen and Linklaters made gains during the last quarter, according to the latest statistics from Adviser Rankings.  For the period between 6 February and 8 April 2014, […]

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Shoosmiths recently teamed up with RBS and KPMG for the Thames Valley Business Leaders’ Dinner in Reading. The event, held at the Hilton hotel, brought together business leaders from across the region to exchange views, share best practice and learn from each other. More than 150 guests heard from keynote speaker John Pienaar, broadcaster and […]

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