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Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

Portugal: Fund management 2018

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Ricardo Seabra Moura and Carlos Filipe Couto How is fund management regulated in your jurisdiction? Which authorities have primary responsibility for regulating funds, fund managers and those marketing funds?

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Securities and Futures Authority (SFA) legal adviser Susan Dunnett is the latest to join Hammond Suddards expanding banking and financial services group, following the recruiting of Bruce Gardner from SJ Berwin. Dunnett was assistant solicitor at Theodore Goddard before becoming senior legal adviser at the SFA. The group also recently recruited barrister Iona Levine, a […]

Extradition moves

Representatives of the Home Office have made a “firm offer” to Spanish lawyers to visit their counterparts in the UK so that British drug barons and money launderers who are operating from the Costa del Sol can be extradited without “hiccups”. Home Office Parliamentary under-secretary with responsibility for drugs, Tom Sackville, made the offer to […]

Solicitors counter conveyancing threat

Surrey solicitors are planning to set up a property centre to directly compete against estate agent Hambro Countrywide’s new in-house convey- ancing service. And, in a separate development which will increase the pressure on solicitors to respond to growing competition, the Halifax Building Society is poised to unveil a new title insurance service which would […]

Additions to the banking casebook

Over the past year, there have been a number of important cases involving banking, building societies and financial services in which leading counsel and their juniors have established their reputations and raised important questions in new areas of the law. Among these cases are NRG, BBL and BCCI (No. 8), which covered issues ranging from […]

Boost for Lovells

Lovell White Durrant has expanded its Chicago office from 11 lawyers to 17 in the past three months. The latest recruit to Lovells’ niche reinsurance and consumer credit litigation practice in Chicago, which opened just under two years ago with the poaching of two partners from Chicago firm Sidley & Austin, is Anne Fortney. Joining […]

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