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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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Helen Sage reports Free computer software will be up for grabs at this year’s Information Systems for Lawyers conference on 27 and 28 February at the London Marriott. Novell Computer Systems will be giving away two sets of Novell Groupware Solution (licensed for 5 users) worth £3,000 each. The solution consists of email, data gathering, […]

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Irish Bar stands up for victims in criminal trials

OFFICIALS at the Bar Council of Ireland have joined forces with Victim Support to introduce proposals ensuring that victims of crime are treated more sensitively during criminal trials. Representatives of the Bar Council and Irish branch of the victim’s lobby group are due to meet on Tuesday this week to discuss plans for what the […]

President was out of line

I read with mounting concern the article by John Malpas in your edition of 30 January. I deplore the publicity that the president of the Law Society appears to have sought in criticising some members of his staff. I would have thought it was elementary common sense and the bounden duty of the president to […]

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