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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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No support for borough's bid to speed closure of problem clubs

Chris Fogarty reports The attempt by London’s Wandsworth Borough Council to have the licensing laws changed so that nightclubs linked with illegal activity are quickly closed, has failed to win the support of other London councils. Wandsworth assistant borough solicitor Sally Novell said clubs where illegal activities were occurring remained open while protracted legal action […]

In brief: Judiciary opens up recruitment policy

The post of deputy district judge is to be advertised publicly for the first time this week. A Lord Chancellor’s Department spokeswoman said: “This is all part of wanting to open up the judicial system and to get as many people from as wide a spectrum as possible to become judges. Vacancies for district judges […]

Freshfields sweeps into Italian market

Freshfields has pulled off a major coup as it prepares to enter the Italian marketplace, by scooping up a Milan firm and entering into talks with a Rome-based firm. It has taken over Milan-based Lega Colucci Albertazzi & Arossa (LCAA), a full service firm which will form the kernel of the Freshfields practice. This follows […]

Cleaning up the profession

Reading the front page of last week’s The Lawyer, with what may be seen as five negative stories on one page – including headlines with words such as “fiasco”, “conman”, and reports of magistrates being forced to admit membership of the freemasons, as well as a barrister facing a disciplinary hearing – lawyers may be […]

Mundays in joint venture

Surrey firm Mundays has joined with an accountancy firm and an equity firm to establish a “one stop shop” for businesses looking to raise capital. The Equity Funding Partnership sees Mundays join Surrey accountants Menzies and private equity advisers Beer & Partners to provide advice on raising capital through private equity, debt finance, institutional placings, […]

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