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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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Extend anti-discrimination laws to all

The ECJ’s rulings on discrimination in the workplace on grounds of sex have excluded protection for homosexuals. Michael Jeremiah calls for legislation which covers all employees. Michael Jeremiah is a solicitor at Anthony Gold Lerman & Muirhead. Sex discrimination law is in a mess. The question “What does sex mean?” is now being asked of […]

IPA's cross-profession regulator plan gains lukewarm support

The Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA), has caused controversy by calling for a new unified body to oversee the regulation of lawyers and accountants who are insolvency practitioners. The idea has been met with a lukewarm response from several prominent insolvency lawyers. The IPA’s proposal, which it described as “vital to maintaining public confidence”, is contained […]

A&O and Clifford Chance advise on first loan in euros

GEC has used Allen & Overy, rather than its usual adviser Freshfields, to draw up the documents for the world’s first euro-denominated syndicated loan. The loan has been cited by the Bank of England as an example of how London will continue to hold its own after monetary union, said Allen & Overy banking partner […]

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A survey has revealed that accountants are not delivering the services law firms want. The fourth annual survey by The Lawyer and chartered accountancy firm Baker Tilly makes depressing reading for accountants. Despite accountants’ marketing, brochures and stated commitment to client service, many solicitors remain dissatisfied. Quotes such as “they could show basic interest in […]

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