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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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Angry barristers’ reports of solicitor-advocates grossing up to twice as much as them in legal aid fees for the same advocacy work in the Crown Court, has spurred the Bar Council to seek urgent changes to the fee rates. The Bar is concerned that solicitors’ hourly legal aid rates for minor court work, established before […]

Stipes come under scrutiny

A NEW working party has been set up by the Lord Chancellor to examine the role of the stipendiary magistracy. The party has been established after a recommendation from the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, which said there should be a more systematic approach to the role of stipendiary magistrates. The Magistrates’ Association also proposed […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 27/09/94

DAVID JOHN SHIRLEY, 56, admitted 1963, practised as Dubow Shirley and Smith, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, struck off and ordered to pay u1,125 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to maintain books correctly, wrongly drew and used for his own purposes client money, gave false and misleading information to clients. Tribunal told that as result of his activities […]

TOP INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRMS – FRANCE

No FIRM Total lawyers PTrs Other lawyers OVERSEAS OFFICES 1 Gide Loyrette Nouel 238 55 183 US, Brussels, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia (2), Spain, Vietnam, 2 Bureau Francis Lefebvre 173 48 125 Argentina, Spain, UK, Russia, Germany, Belgium, US 3 SG Archibald 116 26 90 US, UK, Australia, China, India, […]

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TOP INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRMS – GERMANY

1 Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann 145 74 71 Belgium, US, Japan 2 Radler Raupach Bezzenberger 138 38 100 Belgium,US 3 Punder Volhard Weber & Axster 130 60 70 Belgium, Hungary, China, Russia, Poland, US 4 Boden Oppenhoff Rasor & Raue 109 54 55 Belgium, Czech Republic, Uk, US 4 Droste Killius Triebel 105 30 75 China, […]

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