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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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Addleshaws partner resigns amid expenses saga

Addleshaw Goddard is working with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over alleged discrepancies in the expenses and disbursements of a former partner. Commercial real estate partner Mark Gilbert resigned from Addleshaws’ LLP on 10 May following an internal investigation into alleged discrepancies in the equity partner’s claims. Gilbert is now a consultant at Devonshires, which he joined […]

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HSBC legal chief dragged into ‘informal internships’ row

HSBC’s legal department is at the centre of the ongoing controversy surrounding ’informal’ work experience. The situation has arisen after group general counsel Richard Bennett sent a rejection letter to a student who had sought unpaid work experience in the banking giant’s legal department. According to today’s Financial Times, Bennett wrote in the letter that […]

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Four councils set up shared legal panels

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Hogan Lovells has agreed to extend by a week the deadline for former partner Christopher Grierson to repay £1m in false expenses. The senior litigator, who had been a respected partner at the firm for more than 30 years before the fraudulent expense claims were uncovered last month, was originally due to repay the full […]

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