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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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Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates has launched a dispute resolution service to provide advice on arbitration, mediation and adjudication. The group, known as the Faculty of Dispute Resolution (FDRS), is made up of 28 advocates, including 15 QCs, and can be accessed by anyone seeking resolution of a dispute. According to the FDRS the move is […]

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BHP Billiton appoints new chief counsel from Herbies

BHP Billiton has appointed Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) litigator Geoff Healy as its new chief legal counsel, succeeding incumbent David Williamson who is returning to Ashurst Australia after three years at the mining company. Healy has been HSF and legacy Freehills’ client relationship partner for BHP Billiton for some years and regularly advises the mining […]

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Speechly ‘outgrows’ Luxembourg base following CC hire

Speechly Bircham is to move to larger offices in Luxembourg in a bid to “pursue future growth plans” in the financial services centre, a move that follows the hire of Clifford Chance corporate counsel François Lerusse as a partner. Lerusse, who joins the firm with Clifford Chance senior associate Hélène Arvis, will become the third […]

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