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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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Lord Chancellor To Review Legal Watchdog

The review of the LSO Ann Abraham’s office, which oversees the handling of complaints against solicitors, barristers, licensed conveyancers and legal executives, comes two years later than originally planned. Ministers agreed to postpone the review to allow Abraham – who only took up her post in 1997 – to establish herself in the appointment. The […]

Film finance: Lock, stock and over a barrel

Anyone scanning the listings for their local multiplex cannot help but notice that Hollywood rules the Western world’s screens. In the week of writing this article, nine of the top 10 films showing in the UK were bankrolled by the Americans, including the film portrayed by the media as a British success, Billy Elliott: British […]

Berwin Leighton scoops RBS work

Berwin Leighton has advised The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) structured property finance team on its two largest transactions this year and is gearing up for a growing volume of work following its takeover of NatWest. In the last six months alone, Berwin Leighton has completed £500m worth of property financing for the bank. One […]

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