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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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BLP faces £3m client refund

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) may be forced to pay back up to £3m to long-standing client Alpha Airports for damages claimed to have arisen from the firm’s advice on a £7.5m catering contract with Icelandic charter airline Excel Airways. Alpha had its shares suspended in April until this week and has seen three top executives […]

Herbies, SJ Berwin act on hospital sale

Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin were rejoicing last week after acting on the £175m sale of the former Middlesex Hospital site. The three-acre site is one of the largest West End blocks ever sold and marks a landmark deal for both firms. For SJ Berwin there is likely to be more to come from the […]

Union threatens legal action over NATS sale

Trade union Prospect is threatening legal action if the government allows private owners to sell their stake in National Air Traffic Services (NATS). The row concerns a 42 per cent stake in NATS owned by the Airline Group, a consortium of seven airlines that includes British Airways, BMI and Virgin Atlantic. Bought from the government […]

Councils demand more time to draw up gambling laws

Local authorities are warning of chaos and confusion unless the Government gives them at least three times longer to implement new gambling laws. In a letter to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Local Authorities Coordinating Office on Regulatory Services chair Geoffrey Theobald said that authorities were put in an “unacceptable position” […]

Gide, Bignon make Far East moves

France has always been a major player in the Far East, with former colonies in South East Asia and considerable economic activity in the region. However, law firms have been, for the most part, slow to cash in. Until recently, that is. June saw two firms make a push into Asia. First, Gide Loyrette Nouel […]

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