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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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The dusty corridors of the House of Lords could soon be transformed into a battle ground as army chiefs fight off the threat of negligence law suits brought against officers by soldiers injured in action. The Ministry of Defence doubtless breathed a sigh of relief after a recent Appeal Court ruling effectively cleared it of […]

Roger Pearson previews an important test for local authority loan guarantees

Judgment is pending in a case with wide implications for the future of local authority private sector borrowing. Credit Suisse is appealing High Court rulings on 6 May and 2 November 1994 that Allerdale Borough Council and the London Borough of Waltham need not repay the millions loaned to them. In the Allerdale case, repayment […]

In brief: Sharp Pritchard wins Westminster deals

London firm Sharp Pritchard was appointed main contractor for two contracts to carry out conveyancing and contract formation work for Westminster City Council, both lasting for five years. Ipswich-based Gotelee & Goldsmith was appointed as reserve contractor. Sharpe Pritchard, which acts for several local authorities, currently holds Westminster’s contract for contract formation work and has […]

City firm posting

City firm Stephenson Harwood has posted solicitor Peter Mills to its Hong Kong office, Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Mills, a shipping specialist, is experienced in collision, salvage and admiralty litigation. He joined the firm from City firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. He practised in London for 10 years before being admitted as a solicitor in […]

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