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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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ODA prepares for 2012 claims onslaught

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has started talks to devise a dispute resolution process in anticipation of a flood of legal challenges over the infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is in discussions with the ODA, which is responsible for the infrastructure of the Olympics, to find the best […]

Govt responds to Blackstone’s BAE threat

The government has responded to the judicial review threat hanging over the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that alleges its decision to drop a BAE-Saudi Arabia investigation was unlawful. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (18 December 2006), Blackstone Chambers has launched legal action against the SFO, the Attorney General and Prime Minister Tony Blair over the […]

City lawyers attack new Fraud Act

Lawyers have raised serious concerns about the workability of the new Fraud Act, just seven days after it came into force. On the whole the Fraud Act 2006 has been welcomed by the legal profession as, for the first time, most offences deemed as fraud are under one statute. Two of the new offences – […]

Pestalozzi faces financial claim by ex-partner

One of Switzerland’s largest firms, Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, is locked in a dispute with one member of a group of five partners expelled last year over strategic and management differences. Tax partner Marcus Desax, now at Swiss rival Walder Wyss & Partners, initiated conciliation proceedings before the Zurich Bar Association on 9 January, claiming the […]

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