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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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On 1 May Business in the Community hosted a countrywide summit on climate change. The summit, led by HRH the Prince of Wales, brought together more than 1,000 senior CEOs and business leaders to discuss climate change and the business response to this global issue. The summit was also evidence of the growing trend towards […]

Freshfields names new London banking head

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has kick-started the financial year by installing a new head of banking for its London office. David Winfield will take over from Edward Evans, who will continue fee-earning after nine years at the helm of the London banking team. Winfield said: “There’s been much more emphasis on leveraged finance and private equity […]

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The UK’s law firms are really getting their acts together. We’re just eight days into the new financial year and the results are flowing in. SJ Berwin is the latest to post fantastic figures, with billings up by 23 per cent – which means that an extra staff bonus of five per cent kicks in. […]

Swedish govt sell-off goes way of Ashurst

Ashurst’s Swedish strategy has reaped dividends, with the firm landing a key role on the first wave of Swedish government-led privatisations. The top 15 firm scored instructions from Deutsche Bank and UBS as underwriters to the Swedish government in its E2bn (£1.37bn) disposal of an 8 per cent stake in mobile communications company TeliaSonera, the […]

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