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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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Staying with Freshfields, Tulkinghorn hopes for Iona’s sake that Sullivan’s London office is as well stocked with goodies as her former home appears to be. A conversation with a current Freshfields partner revealed that the firm has its own mini NHS down at Fleet Street, with on-site doctors, nurses, dentists and physios. “Not out of […]

Banks call on preferred counsel for OFT probe

Competition lawyers are gearing up for round two of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) investigation into the retail banking sector. The major banks have turned to their longstanding counsel: Barclays instructed Clifford Chance, Lloyds TSB is being advised by Lovells, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has instructed Ashurst and Linklaters, while HSBC is looking […]

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This year Easter provided a perfect example of the potential threat of product liability and professional negligence. Cadbury, at huge cost, was prompted to recall a swathe of Creme Eggs after an allergy warning was mistakenly left off the packaging. As laws governing product liability increase pressure on manufacturers, a quick response to such instances […]

IRS puts Jenkens out of its misery with demand for the firm’s closure

Two lawsuits in the course of five years proved too much for Jenkens & Gilchrist to bear, and the Texan firm closed its doors for the last time on 31 March after 56 years of operation. The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that it had settled its tax fraud case with Jenkens for $76m […]

KKR retreats from Sainsbury’s deal

US private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has pulled out of the CVC-led consortium that is mulling an £9.5bn offer for J Sainsbury, the UK’s third-largest supermarket. The Clifford Chance-advised consortium now comprises Blackstone and Texas Pacific Group, as well as longstanding Clifford Chance client CVC. The three private equity houses now have until […]

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