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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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As UK universities churn out law graduates at a far greater rate than the profession can handle, many would-be lawyers ask whether the needs of students and trainees are adequately represented by the Law Society. Each year approximately 7,000 people graduate from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) while students face the dismal prospect of competing […]

Ruling sparks care scare

COUNCIL lawyers throughout the country have begun examining a key High Court ruling amid fears that they face a legal challenge over the hiving off of residential care homes. They are worried that the judgement, which halts Wandsworth Council’s privatisation programme, may be turned against them. Wandsworth, the south London Tory flagship borough, wants to […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Philpott

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A LAW Society shake-up to improve links with the profession coincides with a Welsh assault on its communications department. The department has been described as a “useless administrative wart” by one disgruntled public relations officer. The Associated Law Societies of Wales has passed resolutions calling for the “curtailment” of centralised public relations activities and the […]

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