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FCA calls for input on High-Cost Credit

02 December

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has called for feedback to inform its work on high-cost credit, including a review of the payday loan price cap and consideration of whether further policy interventions are required. The price cap came into force on 2 January 2015 and is set to be reviewed two years after implementation. The […]


‘WW Property Investments’: IHRP Reviews

30 November

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in WW Property Investments Ltd v National Westminster Bank plc [2016] EWCA Civ 1142. The CA considered a renewed application for permission to appeal from the decision of HHJ Roger Kaye QC striking out the appellant’s claim for investment mis-selling. The claim arose out of the respondent’s […]


‘Dexia Crediop’ Swap case on Restitution

24 November

The High Court has handed down judgment on restitutionary remedies in a swaps case, Dexia Crediop SpA v Comune di Prato [2016] EWHC 2824 (Comm). The bank had entered into six swaps with an Italian local authority. Swap 6 was subsequently found to be invalid, due to the bank’s failure to comply with a mandatory Italian […]


‘Serene Construction’ case on Adjournments

24 November

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Serene Construction Ltd v Barclays Bank plc (CA, unrep, 3rd November 2016). The bank had agreed a second loan facility to refinance a prior facility, but the company had not met the conditions precedent for the second facility to be drawn down. The bank repossessed and sold the […]


Iain MacDonald appointed Vice-Chairman of Law Reform Committee

22 November

Gough Square Chambers is pleased to announce that Iain MacDonald has been appointed a Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee.


European Case on Unfair Commercial Practices

16 November

Proceedings were brought in Denmark against Canal Digital for alleged breaches of the Danish Commercial Practices Act, which transposed the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (Directive 2005/29) into Danish law. In autumn 2009, Canal Digital had issued a number of advertisements on television and online which promoted the company’s TV subscription services. In all of the advertisements […]


‘Cardiff v Lee’: warrants for possession

10 November

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Cardiff v Lee [2016] EWCA Civ 1034. The case concerns the claiming of possession by a local authority landlord, but the reasoning could also be applied to possession by mortgagees. The landlord failed to apply to the court for permission before seeking  a warrant for possession, as […]


Jonathan Goulding elected to Bar Council

02 November

Gough Square Chambers is pleased to announce that barrister Jonathan Goulding has been elected to the Bar Council.


FCA consults on revised draft guidance for guarantor loans

28 October

The FCA has published a new consultation in respect of proposed guidance for guarantor loans. This consultation follows the FCA’s initial consultation on this issue in February 2016. The proposed guidance covers the interpretation of “enforcement” under section 87 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974  in relation to guarantor loans and, accordingly, when a default notice […]


Gough Square Chambers hosts MCD Conference

14 October

The conference was chaired by Jonathan Kirk QC, who provided an initial overview of the Mortgage Credit Directive (“the MCD”) and its purpose. James Ross considered the historic development of regulation of secured lending and analysed the new definition of a “regulated mortgage contract” under art 61 of the Regulated Activities Order 2001. Simon Popplewell […]