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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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MoFo shuts Buenos Aires and opts for local alliance

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is pulling out of Buenos Aires and setting up an alliance with a local firm instead. The firm, which opened the office at the beginning of 1999 to service clients moving into the region, will send the US lawyers at the office to other international offices. In place […]

Reducing the appeal

Everybody knows that cases go to the Court of Appeal on a point of law. Or at least, everyone used to know, but that was before Lord Justice Simon Brown decided to overturn the jury decision that footballer Bruce Grobbelaar had been libelled by The Sun. Whether or not you agree that reversing the judgment […]

Copyright is dead?

When the title for this article was first suggested, online music provider Napster was flourishing, artists and rights owners were petitioning the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Union (EU) on the lack of protection for their rights in the proposed EU Copyright Directive (the directive), and it seemed that technology had finally overtaken the […]

Brief encounter: fenners

Fenners is a small London firm, specialising in corporate finance and commercial property. According to managing partner Robert Fenner, specialising in these two areas has its advantages. One area is busy when the other is quiet, thus ensuring a consistent workflow. Fenners also promotes itself as specialising in technology, including internet and e-commerce law, but […]

Clarke Willmott hires clinical negligence ace

Clarke Willmott & Clarke’s medical team has hired the clinical negligence specialist who is advising the National Committee Relating to Organ Retention (Nacor). Mervyn Fudge leaves Toller Beattie in Barnstaple, Devon, to join the Clarke Willmott team, led by Andrew Hannam. He brings assistant Claire Jewell with him. As Nacor’s adviser, Fudge is now marshalling […]

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