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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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Portillo at AMA

Barrister David Pannick QC and employment secretary Michael Portillo will be among the speakers at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities’ second conference on the implications of Europe on UK employment law. The conference, ‘Brussels Sprouting – Part 2’, will be held on 16 January next year. Leader of the socialist group in the European Parliament, […]

NI society wants local solutions

LAW Society of Northern Ireland president Andrew Carnson told MPs at the House of ommons last week: “There must be Northern Ireland solutions for Northern Ireland problems.” The society was holding an open day, sponsored by solicitor-MPs, Peter Temple-Morris, Jonathan Evans, Elfyn LLwyd and John Fraser, to highlight its concerns over the need for sensitivity […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 29/11/94

Defence to polluting controlled waters National Rivers Authority v Yorkshire Water Services (1994) (HL 17/11/94) (Lord MacKay LC: Lord Keith, Lord Jauncey, Lord Lloyd, Lord Nolan) Summary: Statutory defence to involuntary pollution of controlled waters where unknown third party had introduced pollutant to defendant’s sewage system. Appeal by Yorkshire Water Services against upholding of conviction […]

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William Sindall, advised by Taylor Vinters, was the subject of a u13.55m reverse takeover by Morgan Lovell, advised by Charles Russell. The deal involved raising u2.64m by means of a placing and open offer underwritten by Singer & Friedlander, advised by Alsop Wilkinson.

Heron debt scheme pulls in the lawyers

Institutional shareholders in international property business Heron Group vote this week on whether to accept a major debt and equity purchasing plan on which Travers Smith Braithwaite and Allen & Overy has advised. The deal involves an offer by HNV Acquisition (HNVA) to acquire Heron International NV’s entire issued share capital, and around u407 million […]

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