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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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Hammonds partner Michael Cassidy has been appointed chairman of Eagle Strategic Land, a new property company that is expected to list on the Stock Exchange before Christmas. Eagle, which is sponsored by London property entrepreneur Mel Griffin, aims to purchase and get planning consent for disused sites and then redevelop them. In particular, it will […]

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Six months of navel gazing have produced the following startling conclusion at Taylor Wessing: change nothing. Well, as they might say, if it ain’t broke, etc. But Taylor Wessing has got itself into a bit of a bind with its tech-firm branding. What was a lovely little USP four years ago has hampered the firm’s […]

Stephenson Harwood scuppers Dame Shirley plot

A Stephenson Harwood team acting for Westminster Council has emerged victorious in its battle to uncover millions of pounds of assets ‘belonging’ to Dame Shirley Porter, the council’s former leader, who was fined £37m last year for gerrymandering in the 1980s. Porter fled to Israel after being found guilty of gerrymandering in the ‘homes for […]

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