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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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Fast-track libel hides 'dangers'

Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay’s proposals for fast-tracking smaller defamation claims could win support among newspapers but present hidden dangers to individuals, say lawyers. The proposed summary procedure would allow judges to dispose quickly of simpler cases for awards of up to £10,000. Santha Rasaiah, senior lawyer at the Newspaper Society which represents regional papers, warns: […]

Youngest-ever Ilex president

DAVIES Arnold Cooper personal injury specialist David Pipkin has been elected as the youngest-ever president of the Institute of Legal Executives. Pipkin, a fellow of Ilex since 1979, was appointed as successor to Marron Dodds’ Phillip Partridge at the first meeting of the Ilex council last week. He says his main objectives for his year […]

Time right for reform, says Pembridge

DEFEATED Law Society presidential candidate Eileen Pembridge is calling on her successful rival to conduct a radical overhaul of the constitution. Pembridge has already held a meeting with Mears to press for a constitutional review which formed a central plank of both hers and council candidate Henry Hodge’s manifesto. Mears also called for reform, but […]

Common language

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy has a growing reputation both in the UK and internationally, claims Peter Lyons They say that doctors bury their mistakes but what about advocates? An attorney who makes a mistake does so publicly, often in open court and apart from damaging the advocate’s reputation, only one person pays and […]

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