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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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A highly paid Wade in the sea

Regular readers may recall a wave of stories some time back about the City trend for able-bodied men to ditch the suits and climb in the ring. One of the leading proponents of the ‘art’ of white-collar boxing was one Alex Wade, a former Carter-Ruck solicitor who saw the light and joined the noble ranks […]

Shell censured for flouting Nigerian rule of law with ‘gas flaring’

Shell has been accused of ignoring the rule of law in Nigeria, with one of the company’s own former lawyers leading the legal fight. Peter Roderick was a lawyer at Shell between 1985 and 1991 and is now the co-director of the Climate Justice Programme at environmental charity Friends of the Earth. Friends of the […]

Turnover inches up at Browne Jacobson

Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has announced its 2006-07 turnover, which is up by just 3 per cent from £30.1m to £32m. The firm has not yet confirmed profit figures, but managing partner Brian Smith predicted that average profit per equity partner (PEP) would be up by approximately 8 per cent, to £315,000. Any increase would […]

Anti-risk list

Derivatives are key in managing the deficits in defined benefit pension funds. Edward Jewitt and Edmund Parker report on the main legal issues US investor Warren Buffett once bluntly described his feelings on derivatives and the trading activities that go with them. “We view them as time bombs, both for the parties that deal in […]

Jones Day fights French headhunter fee ruling

Jones Day has become embroiled in a bitter five-year dispute with a French headhunter, which has involved allegations of harassment and threatening behaviour. Eric Ohayon successfully sued Jones Day in a French court for E60,000 (£41,000) in October 2006 for breach of contract, having originally demanded E233,000 (£159,000). The firm is now appealing the judgment […]

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