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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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SJ Berwin expands in Europe with new Paris corporate team

SJ Berwin is continuing to drive its private equity practice across Europe, taking on a corporate team in Paris. `M&A partner Mark Richardson and associates Celine Maironi-Persin, Fabrice Remy and Prudence Thiry join SJ Berwin from Andersen Legal’s French arm SG Archibald.`Richardson has a broad corporate focus which includes M&A, private equity investments, joint ventures, […]

Freeth acts over smear test errors

Leicester law firm Freethcartwright is dealing with 60 claims made against the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The trust is being sued after an internal audit of its cervical screening service unearthed evidence of ‘false negative’ results.`The claims come in part from families of women who died of cervical cancer after being wrongly given […]

Virtually there

The rollercoaster ride of lastminute.com’s share price is emblematic of the bursting of the dotcom bubble but last month the site’s chairman claimed that it would achieve profitability in key markets within the next year. The UK’s biggest e-tailer, Amazon.com, also says that it has turned the corner and expects to start making operational profits […]

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Spruson and Cheong in IP merger

A new niche practice has been formed in Singapore with the marriage of two of Asia’s biggest names in IP. `Patent and trademark lawyers Spruson & Ferguson Pte, the Singapore arm of Australian firm Spruson & Ferguson, has merged with local IP specialist Ella Cheong & G Mirandah.`The firm will be known as Ella Cheong […]

White & Case ace takes Uefa to Olswang

Olswang has scored a major coup by adding European football governing body Uefa to its client base as White & Case partner Alasdair Bell joins the firm today (11 June). `Bell has acted for Uefa for many years and has been tempted to Olswang by what he calls “a more broad-based media practice”.`Lisbeth Savill, head […]

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