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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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German firm Punder Volhard Weber & Axster has taken an eleventh-hour decision to open a Hong Kong office before the 1 July handover of the colony to China, following a strategic review of its international practice. The firm already has a Beijing office, which it established in 1985, and now runs it as a joint […]

In brief: New firm born of Giroux and Stibbe Simont

French firms Giroux Buhagiar & Associes and Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot are set to merge, forming a new firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot & Giroux. The new firm will be based in Stibbe Simont’s existing office with 23 Giroux lawyers joining Stibbe Simont’s 70 Paris-based lawyers.

Election 97: Legal candidates

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.” As the General Election arrives, more than 150 lawyers have taken former US president Ronald Reagan’s advice and are heading for the hustings. Of the 151 candidates from the legal profession who […]

Too many expert opinions

A witness’s opinion is only admissible with leave from the court, and such leave should only be given if necessary “to furnish the court with scientific information which is likely to be outside the experience and knowledge of a judge [or jury]”. (R v Turner (Terence (1975) cited with approval by Wilberforce LJ in R […]

In brief: Leeds practice liable to Building Society

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Leeds firm Ian Brill & Co, which acted for a man who sold his house without his wife’s knowledge, is liable to the Bristol & West Building Society for breach of warranty of authority. Lords Justice Staughton, Waller and Waite upheld a Leeds District Registry decision. The ruling […]

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