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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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Clifford Chance reinstates NQ salary benchmark

Clifford Chance has upped newly-qualifieds’ salaries, returning pay to pre-September 2003 levels. Newly-qualifieds will now be paid £50,000, the same rate they enjoyed before the firm introduced a salary review last April, which saw pay cut from £50,000 to £48,000 for those joining after September 2003. Trainees will be paid £29,000, a small increase on […]

Allen & Overy names German senior partner

Allen & Overy has appointed finance partner Neil Weiand as senior partner for Germany. Weiand, who is just 42, replaces Arndt Overlack who has stepped down. Cornelius Fischer-Zernin has been re-appointed as managing partner for Germany for a second term.

Heatons firms up Baugur relationship after winning Goldsmiths brief

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons is cementing its relationship with retail giant Baugur after winning its third instruction from the Icelandic company, this time to advise on the £110m acquisition of UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths. The corporate and commercial firm scooped its first job for Baugur last November, when it swooped on Allen & Overy’s (A&O) […]

Shanghai dawn for Squire Sanders

Squire Sanders & Dempsey is continuing its push into China with the unveiling of a Shanghai office. Squire Sanders Beijing managing partner Dan Roules, who is also in charge of coordinating the firm’s China practices, will head the office, dividing his time between Beijing and Shanghai. Communications partner Amy Sommers will become a full-time resident […]

Fladgate Fielder boosts construction with lateral

West end firm Fladgate Fielder has strengthened its construction practice with the hire of a former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw partner. Gillian Birkby, who had been with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw for a quarter of a century, will move to Fladgate Fielder on 1 July where she will join a team of two […]

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