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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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Linklaters, Travers land roles on Peel’s sale to RREEF

Linklaters and Travers Smith scored lead roles on the latest infrastructure deal, acting on ports owner Peel Group’s disposal of a significant stake to RREEF. Peel is understood to be valued at £1.6bn. The auction, involving Peel’s sale of a 49 per cent stake, saw RREEF, an infrastructure fund controlled by Deutsche Bank, defend a […]

Linklaters scoops 22 per cent revenue rise

Linklaters brought in £100m more than at the equivalent stage last year, with revenue rising 22 per cent to £536m. Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel told The Lawyer: “This is a global phenomenon across all practice areas. Whether you go to Asia or Europe, if you look at real estate, corporate or finance, we’re as […]

Wragges, Graf unite for push into China

Wragge & Co is set to open in China with German ally Graf von Westphalen in 2007. It will be the firm’s first office outside Europe. The firm is seeking more European allies for the joint venture in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Wragges managing partner Quentin Poole said: “Guangzhou is much less lawyered than Shanghai […]

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The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. How many lawyers to win an election?Perhaps unsurprisingly, commentary on the web last week was dominated by the US […]

Shadbolt targets Middle East for network growth

City construction boutique Shadbolt & Co is looking to expand its international network into the Middle East. The firm, which posted a 28 per cent increase in its revenue for 2005-06, from £9.8m to £12.5m, is targeting expansion in the region to capitalise on the PPP and construction industries. Shadbolt chair Liz Jenkins told The […]

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