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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 REFORMS proposed in the ‘Access to justice’ report should be implemented as a package and not “cherry-picked”, Lord Woolf says. Woolf, who says that “the time is right” for making changes to the civil justice system, says the wide-ranging reforms included in the 266-page interim report must be introduced as a whole and not […]

In brief: PowerGen directors sue The Guardian

Six PowerGen directors are suing Guardian Newspapers Ltd along with two of its reporters on The Observer. The writ claiming damages for libel was issued by London firm Farrer & Co following an article in The Observer on 11 June on share options. Directors Edmund Wallis, David Dance, Roger Jump, Michael Reidy, Jon Rennocks and […]

Putting conditional fees in to a different pair of hands

Lord Woolf’s interim report arrives in the midst of the debate about implementation of conditional fees in limited areas of practice. A major thrust of his reforms is a shift in responsibility for proceedings from lawyers to judges. Will this set the scene for further relaxation of the rules restricting the ways in which we […]

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One popular misconception of the not proven verdict is that the defendant is slightly guilty which is often a difficult concept for the public to accept and understand . And it is also an unsatisfactory verdict for the accused. The principle the accused is innocent until proven guilty, it is argued in Scotland, does sit […]

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