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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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Deloittes in Paris merger

Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal, the Paris legal arm of the Big Six accountancy firm, is to merge with French law firm Thomas & Associes in a move that will create the fourth largest law firm in France. The new firm, which will begin operating on 1 September, will bring together 200 lawyers, including […]

US lawyers turned on to Internet

Elizabeth Davidson reports The ABA uncovers cautious optimism about the potential of the Net TOP US lawyers have “embraced” technology and IT systems, according to new research. A survey carried out this year by the American Bar Association (ABA) on the state of technology among the 500 largest private law firms in the US showed […]

Do Law Society elections have a future?

Every year solicitors vote for a Law Society president, yet the position carries little power. Andrew Lockley examines the alternatives to this expensive constitutional peculiarity While national politicians held their first election for five years, the Law Society has had its third in three years. Why is the presidency of the Law Society worth fighting […]

North East practice ploughs £600k into IT

Elizabeth Davidson reports EVERY fee-earner at North East firm Jacksons is to have personal access to e-mail from September as part of an IT overhaul which has cost £600,000 to date. The 20-partner commercial law firm is due to move from its Middlesbrough base to larger, more modern offices shortly before Christmas, and is undergoing […]

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