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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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A CoA decision against Commerzbank is a warning that common law contractual rules are alive and kicking Last month 104 former Commerzbank bankers met with resounding success when the Court of Appeal (CoA) dismissed the bank’s challenge to a decision that it was contractually committed to providing its employees with a minimum bonus pool because […]

HKMA and SFC to implement international standards on financial market infrastructures

On 28 March 2013, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) jointly announced their commitment to comply with the new international regulatory standards on financial market infrastructures. They are contained in the ‘Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures’ jointly issued by the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems of the […]

Taking your project to market

Recent articles by the Al Tamimi property team have explored the regulatory requirements for registering as a developer in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East region. Once registration requirements have been satisfied, the next concern for developers is taking the project to market. On the back of an apparently recovering property market, many […]

Big Becks at Withers and Speechly?

Some deals make all the difference. Take football star David Beckham, who fast-tracked to celebrity with a series of lucrative partnership deals that transformed him into the chiseled jaw that sells pretty much everything. Despite calling time on his 20-year footy career, Becks’ million-dollar beard will continue to sell fizzy drinks and underpants from here […]

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Tribunal rules against Travers in pregnancy discrimination case

Travers Smith has lost a discrimination case brought against it by a former trainee who claimed she was not given a permanent job because of her pregnancy. Katie Tantum instructed Leigh Day to launch the case against the firm after failing to gain a newly-qualified (NQ) position in the firm’s real estate department (15 February […]

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