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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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In brief: Dundas & Wilson woos rivals' lawyers

Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has poached two more lawyers from rival Scottish firms including Graham Sibbald, head of the corporate department at Bird Semple. Sibbald follows close on the heels of venture capital partners Robert Pirrie and Douglas Crawford from Maclay Murray & Spens, which has also lost senior assistant Caroline Ferguson to Dundas […]

Media lawyer attacks Aclec proposals

Proposals for a stricter rule on lawyers talking to the press will place excessive restrictions on solicitors, preventing them responding to police leaks, according to leading media lawyer Mark Stephens. The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) has advised the Law Society to make explicit rules requiring solicitors, as soon as […]

Is Lambeth the future of local authority PFI?

The Labour government has new plans for PFI. Andrew Walsh argues that the recent contracting out of Lambeth Council’s services could point the way forwardA prime candidate for new Private Finance Initiative activity must be the local government sector, heavily regulated under successive Conservative governments and suffering a backlog of investment in infrastructure and services. […]

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