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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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Freshfields, Law Soc bring in big guns for M&S showdown

Tim Jones and Barry O’Brien have already faced a tribunal over the allegations that there was a conflict of interest when Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was instructed by Philip Green on his 2004 bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S). Now they have to face that trauma all over again. Both Mr Justice Lawrence Collins and the […]

Deals Roundup – Trio takes roles on datamonitor deal

Addleshaw Goddard has advised Datamonitor on its £48.1m recommended offer for Ovum. Trio takes roles on datamonitor deal Addleshaw Goddard has advised Datamonitor on its £48.1m recommended offer for Ovum. The deal will be funded by a combination of Datamonitor’s existing cash reserves and new debt facilities provided by Barclays, which was advised by DLA […]

Welcome matters

The current process of forming a company in Guernsey is cumbersome and time-consuming. Raymond Ashton reports on how the island hopes to change all that Guernsey’s Company Registry Group recently published a report on the company registration process in Guernsey. It suggests dramatic reforms, which will hopefully be implemented within two years. Currently the whole […]

Lords passes Companies Bill despite outcry

The biggest change to company law in the past 30 years has been passed by the House of Lords, despite being derided by the GC100 and other business leaders. Nick Folland, GC100 board member and general counsel of media group Emap, said: “This amendment deals with just one concern. It doesn’t tackle the wider issues. […]

Easy come, easy go

News that Della Burnside is leaving easyGroup has shocked the IP fraternity. A quick consensus check reveals that Burnside is one of the most highly respected in-house IP practitioners out there. Burnside is leaving to take the legal post at the GSM Association, a mobile telecoms industry group. Surprisingly, no one had more praise for […]

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