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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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With Iran in the spotlight, expect plenty of legal rows about pre-emptive military action Coverage of the recent discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barak Obama has heightened talk about a stike against Iran, but the legal position is far from clear. Israel’s apparent willingness to use force against Iran appears […]

CC to plug funds practice gap

Magic circle firm aims to boost partner count as associate ranks thin Sometimes it is not just about the partners. Clifford Chance’s investment funds practice has had a torrid year, with four partners – one a tax lawyer – quitting for Weil Gotshal & Manges last summer. Six funds associates and a tax associate then […]

Work Life Quiz: Matthew O’Regan, Burges Salmon

What was your first-ever job? S aturday assistant at John Lewis. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Schlepping back across London to collect the coat of an associate who’d left it in a data room. What time do you usually leave the office? When I’m finished, but never early. What’s your favourite restaurant? […]

Court orders liquidation of London firm Atlantic Law

A West End law firm fined £400,000 two years ago for its involvement in a boiler room share scam is being liquidated following a winding-up petition brought by a former employee. The High Court has ruled that Atlantic Law, which owed over £160,000 to Herbert Smith as recently as 2010, be wound up under the […]

The Lawyer Management: Mishcon de Reya

Elliot Moss, director of business development  Describe your role Client development, communications, brand reputation, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and overall marketing. I work closely with senior management on international strategy, including the development of Mishcon’s New York office, and opportunities resulting from the advent of the Legal Services Act (LSA). How have you improved […]

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