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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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Global plans for legal web site

Elizabeth Davidson reports AN ambitious plan to create a web site which will signpost every piece of legal information ever put on the Internet worldwide, has been hatched in Manchester. Business Legal Support, which provides training for lawyers and designs web sites, launched its World of Law site at the end of June. It aims […]

Garretts lures Dutch lawyer

Garretts has recruited another lawyer to its Leeds office. Dutch-born Robin Koolhoven leaves recently merged Addleshaw Booth & Co to strengthen the litigation team in Leeds. Koolhoven plans to take full advantage of his Dutch links by developing a cross-border enforcement service for UK companies with Dutch interests and vice versa.

Permission before you publish

Roger Pearson looks at a ruling which could stop newspapers publishing copyrighted pictures without getting prior consent A recent High Court ruling has posed a major threat to the practice of newspapers which use photographs without the consent of the copyright holders in anticipation of gaining consent at a later stage. The “use now and […]

Rebuff for firm seeking cloak of anonymity

A firm of solicitors is fighting to remain anonymous while it seeks a judicial review of an LAB decision, reports Roger Pearson. An unnamed firm of solicitors is fighting to retain anonymity in a pending court battle. The firm, identified only as “T”, has already been engaged in one High Court skirmish in which Mr […]

FSP swallows up Brain & Brain

The long-established Reading firm Brain & Brain is to be taken over by Field Seymour Parkes, also of Reading. The five Brain & Brain partners will be employed at FSP as consultants and assistants, with the expanded firm using the FSP name. Prior to the merger, FSP had 27 fee earners, of whom eight are […]

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