At DWF we’re known for being one of the strongest in the field, acting for over 30 major clearing banks, building societies, finance houses, leasing and motor companies, factors and invoice discounters as well as business in other sectors requiring asset finance and leasing advice.
Whether acting on contentious or non-contentious matters, our deep expertise sets us apart. We advise on all aspects of lending, security and litigation including consumer credit regulation, wholesale funding, aviation & marine matters, debt sale & purchase, asset & asset recovery, motor & consumer finance collection and recoveries, corporate recovery restructuring and insolvency, asset finance fraud and satisfactory quality dispute resolution.
Increasingly seen as the go to firm for advice on regulatory issues relating to the Financial Conduct Authority, we draw on this specialist work to advise businesses operating in other sectors, such as retail, on consumer credit issues as well as consumer terms.
With a specialist team, located across the UK, we combine extensive sector and legal knowledge with a practical, informative approach. Our clients tell us that our commitment to tailoring our service and prioritising swift, decisive advice and communication, establishes DWF as one of the leading teams in the market.
Compliance with the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct (PD PAC) remains important for litigants. The delays that may otherwise be incurred whilst a matter is stayed or the sanctions that are applied may be substantial.
The UK’s total consumer debt bill is close to £200bn and is growing at its fastest rate for 12 years. There are some troubling parallels with 2008 and what is happening in today’s credit-fueled car market.
The FCA’s recent consultation on staff remuneration and incentives should really come as no surprise to lenders, but its reach beyond regulated lending into sales practices in retailers and dealers, the success of whose businesses is down to the growth in retail finance, may cause shockwaves throughout that sector but should it come as any real surprise, even more so for those involved in collections?
Whilst there is considerable ongoing discussion and speculation about the impact of Brexit, much of this has been about the economic and political consequences of this historic event. How do we think consumer credit lenders might be affected?
The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (“MLR 2017“) are yet to be finalised but are due to take effect on 26 June 2017. The MLR 2017 will implement several changes, particularly to risk management.
The FCA recently published its business plan for 2017/18 focusing on a number of cross sector priorities to help it meet its main statutory objectives. There are seven financial market sectors which the FCA considers, including, among others, retail banking and lending, retail investments and pensions and retirement income.
We support you with legal and compliance know how, training and other commercial support including in house client secondments and a compliance audit offering.