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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…

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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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Thorntons secures three-way Scottish merger

Scottish law firms Thorntons, Murray Donald and Steel Eldridge Stewart are to merge later this year to create the largest law firm in eastern Scotland.  The expected £20m firm will be headed up by joint Thorntons managing partners Craig Nicol and Scott Milne and be known as Thorntons. No jobs will be lost in the […]

Plastic bag levy may help focus consumers’ minds on recycling, says Eversheds

Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech. According to Grimes, recent figures from the government show that, despite all the efforts of councils and businesses, the annual recycling rate in England has remained level at just under 40 per cent […]

Quinn guilty of too much contact in Apple, Nokia leaks

The rivalries between smartphone giants Samsung, Apple and Nokia are well known but Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan was condemned for going too far this month. The firm and longstanding client Samsung have been ordered to pay rivals Apple and Nokia over £1.2m in damages after leaking confidential information. Details of patent infringement bust-ups and […]

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