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Top story: Capita snaps up mortgage servicer in £35m deal

Outsourcing firm Capita is acquiring Vertex Mortgage Services for £35m on a cash free, debt free basis. Read full story

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Councils step up bankruptcy orders amid “unsustainable” tax debts

More local authorities are being forced to step up bankruptcy actions against individuals, as council tax debts reach an “unsustainable level” of £2.5bn. Read full story

HMRC moves to shut down 3,000 firms

HMRC last year applied to shut down 3,000 businesses to meet unpaid tax bills, according to a new study. Read full story

New trade body launches

A new trade association, Payments UK, has been launched to provide a single voice for the UK payments industry at home and globally. Read full story

Data breaches could cost businesses £20bn

Mid-sized and large businesses could be facing fines totalling £20bn if they fail to protect their customers from data breaches, according to a new study. Read full story

FCA launches push for “smarter communication” with customers

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has kick-started a debate to encourage regulated firms and consumer groups to improve how they communicate with consumers. Read full story

 
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The skilled person review – catastrophe or opportunity?

Alex Ellerton, financial services partner at professional services firm BDO, explains how to handle skilled person reviews (SPRs) in consumer credit

A few good men – the pre-pack problem

Margaret Kemp, of counsel at Hogan Lovells, examines the challenges in implementing the recommendations in a report on pre-pack insolvencies

When directors have no defence

Will Christopher, partner and civil fraud specialist at Kingsley Napley, explains how a recent decision by the Supreme Court will be a great relief to liquidators and creditors of insolvent companies where directors are under suspicion

Flying blind?

Peter Manser, head of audit and assurance at Kreston Reeves, argues the growth of audit exemption may leave a blind spot in the world of B2B credit information

A slippery slope starts with rushed changes

Ray Watson explains his fears about how the 2015 budget introduced regulatory exemption for certain credit agreements

In defence of “subprime” customers

Mark Stevens, managing director of consumer credit at Provident Financial tackles the mythology of non-standard lending

The rise and rise of digital lending

In a post based on a presentation at the Credit Summit, Nostrum Group’s Richard Sunman explains how digital borrowers are swiftly becoming the norm

TCE regulation: one year on

One year on from the introduction of new enforcement regulations, Gareth Hughes, Chief Executive of Marston Holdings, reflects on their impact

Choice: how much is too much?

David Stevenson, CEO at The Funding Centre, asks how an explosion of choice in alternative finance could lead to eventual golden age for the space

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