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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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B&M in Paul Hastings IP capture

Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The team is led by partner Howard Wisnia and includes associates James Conley, Noel Gillespie, Dave Koo, Christopher Serra and patent agent Lester Anderson. The new group focuses its practice in litigating IP disputes and […]

PwC survey shows UK firms’ poor showing in billing stakes

The ability of UK law firms to bill promptly and collect debts within a reasonable time period has deteriorated since last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) annual financial management survey has revealed. The value of debts older than 90 days among the top 25 firms increased from 19 per cent in 2003 to 24 per cent in […]

Hammonds’ new cleaner gets his mop out

Sometimes the job of a managing partner bears more than a passing resemblance to the role of Victor the Cleaner in Luc Besson’s French classic Nikita. Some of us would pay good money to see Peter Crossley donning a plastic overcoat and dragging an acid bath into a Hammonds partners’ meeting to clean up the […]

Norton Rose pledges time to Free Representation Unit

Norton Rose‘s employment department is blazing a trail for employment representation charity the Free Representation Unit (FRU). The eight-strong Norton Rose team, which includes partners Paul Griffin and Pete Talibart, has agreed to a formal partnership with the FRU that will see each lawyer taking on a case apiece for the unit this year. The […]

The power pack

The renewable energy sector is growing. Patrick Robinson and Ross Fairley report on how UK regional firms are gettng involved Expansion in the UK renewables sector over the past few years has by any measure been astonishing. Many people associate renewable energy with wind turbines, which is testament to the tremendous lobbying work carried out […]

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