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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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Gibson Dunn hires Herbies’ arbitration chief

Herbert Smith’s international arbitration practice is to be headed by a duo of partners after incumbent Laurence Shore takes up a partnership role in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher‘s New York office. Shore, who leaves Herbert Smith’s London office at the end of March, has been with the firm since 1995, having previously worked at the […]

Borough to become first ‘private practice’ council

A London borough is remodelling its legal services department to mirror that of a private sector law firm. Barking and Dagenham council’s radical shake-up will be a UK first for the sector, and involves recruiting three senior lawyers. The three partners will provide strategic direction for all legal and governance aspects of Barking’s corporate law […]

SocGen eschews big players as niche Paris firms line up in fraud case

Specialised Parisian boutiques are set to be the only winners resulting from the crisis at French bank Société Générale (SocGen) following trader Jerome Kerviel’s loss of almost e5bn (£3.74bn). Specialised Parisian boutiques are set to be the only winners resulting from the crisis at French bank Société Générale (SocGen) following trader Jerome Kerviel’s loss of […]

Nestlé bars Freshfields over Mars connection

Nestlé has cut loose Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer following its first European panel review in almost five years because of a business conflict of interest with Nestlé’s arch-rival Mars. Nestlé has cut loose Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer following its first European panel review in almost five years because of a business conflict of interest with Nestlé’s arch-rival […]

Victimisation case put on hold

Dickinson Dees, Hammonds and Pinsent Masons are facing an employment tribunal claim from a lawyer formerly at all three firms – but will now have to wait until September. The trio was supposed to be going before a tribunal in January after ex-employee Rachel Clarke alleged that she had been victimised by all three firms […]

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