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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?

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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has posted a 6.4 per cent rise in turnover from £81.7m to £86.9m at the 2008-09 year-end. The litigation practice brought in the largest proportion of fees at £69.8m, 9.6 per cent above last year’s £63.7m. The corporate practice contributed £8.25m, while property was up marginally on the previous year, contributing […]

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BPP students made to wait for exam results

BPP Law school has denied claims that an outbreak of swine flu caused it to delay releasing exam results to its Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students for two days earlier this week. Hundreds of would-be lawyers had to wait 48 hours longer than expected for their exam results after BPP said that a technical […]

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