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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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North East can weather the storm

Every economic forecast reaches the same painful conclusion. There is an economic “slowdown”. The UK might even be heading for recession. So what. The North East has been in recession for so long it has become a way of life. The region consists of a handful of conurbations bounded on three sides by the Scottish […]

Quote of the week

“My council is now unanimously of the view that we were fundamentally misled by the representations made by, or on behalf of, the Law Society.” – Extract of a letter by Milton Keynes Law Society president Kristine Pratt published in The Lawyer this week (see page 16). In an editing technique much favoured by Pravda […]

Delegates applaud set's pro bono work

Two Garden Court has clinched the 1998 Bar Pro Bono Award. The common law set, headed by Ian Macdonald QC & Owen Davies, was singled out for its commitment to pro bono work, which includes representing bereaved families at inquests, assisting refugees seeking political asylum and appearing in Privy Council death row cases. It was […]

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I was very interested to read your report (The Lawyer, 3 November) about the Government’s bid to stem the PFI gold rush frenzy. I was even more surprised by Denton Hall’s comment about the unacceptably low quality of service from some smaller firms. Categorising smaller or bigger firms on quality of service does not add […]

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