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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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In brief: Newbold takes the helm at Pro Ned

High-profile in-house lawyer Yve Newbold has been made chief executive of Pro Ned, the non-executive director and chairman recruiters which is part of management consultancy Egon Zehnder. Newbold, who has been company secretary at Hanson plc since 1986, is also a non-executive director of BT and Coutts Bank. Pro Ned has been under the chairmanship […]

Experts need independence

In The Lawyer of 23 May 1995 (‘Paying the Piper’), I suggested that an expert witness having a financial interest in the outcome of a case in which they give evidence, clearly falls the wrong side of the line separating acceptable from unacceptable practice. That view is not universally held (for example, Daniel Silver’s letter […]

City clients seek value for money

Big company clients are sticking with the City for their lawyers but are less loyal and are using more beauty parades, claims a recent study. According to research from Focus Consulting, over half of the respondent companies said advisers should pitch regularly for work. Sixty per cent said they had considered or are considering changing […]

In the docks/aid advice. Undercover protection force

The publicity for World Aids Day has put one giant condom on the Paris obelisk and floated another across the Thames. But few are aware that the Terrence Higgins Trust runs a legal advice service for HIV and AIDS-related problems. Although the Helpline is well-known, the trust’s legal services group recently decided its legal advice […]

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