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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?

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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”…

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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…

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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 […]

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•In the 16 April issue of The Lawyer it was reported that Clifford Chance‘s two year-PQE associate pay lagged significantly behind Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) because of the latter firm’s bonus system. In fact, the reported figures – £102,700 for Clifford Chance and £128,500 for A&O – were incorrect. The correct figures are £102,700 and […]

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What was your first-ever job?Haymaking in the summer of 1976. Fortunately it was the year of the severe drought and the bales were really light. Name: Jonathan Stephens Firm: Wilsons Title: Managing partner Lives: Dorset Education: Sevenoaks School; London School of Economics; College of Law Work history: 1980: Qualified as a solicitor; worked in the […]

A&O invests in Bangalore University

Allen & Overy (A&O) is attempting to strengthen its ties to the Indian legal market by providing an endowment for a professor of law at Bangalore’s India University. The position, which will be known as the Allen & Overy Professor of International Financial Law, comes with a ten-year endowment. As part of the entente, A&O […]

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Clifford Chance acted on a trio of private equity exits last week, bringing all three public via flotation on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) main market. The first of the IPOs was longstanding Clifford Chance client Xchanging, an international provider of pure play business process outsourcing. Formed by private equity firm General Atlantic in 1999, […]

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