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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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Salaries spiral as club breaks up

Newly-qualified wages at leading City firms have spiralled upwards this month following a breakdown in salary information sharing between the top firms. Until now, the club or “magic circle” of senior and managing partners from the top firms met regularly and are known to have commissioned surveys on the going salary rates from an accountancy […]

SPG denies links with US

There are no proposals for a joint venture between Solicitors Property Group and First American Title, as suggested in The Lawyer (22 April). However, Solicitors Property Group is always ready to discuss proposals which may be in the interest of its members. Later in the report, you quote First American director Brian Marson as suggesting […]

The price of taking solicitors' time free

The Law Society headquarters at Chancery Lane has its charms and membership has its privileges. The 172-year-old legal institution has the look and aura of a refined gentleman’s club – some councillors have served for almost 20 years, their expenses generously reimbursed throughout that time. But the price they pay is up to six weeks […]

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