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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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Allens Arthur Robinson signs alliance with top Japanese firm

Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Japanese firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu have entered in to an alliance to serve Japanese clients’ across Asia and Australia. The firms said venture is a response to growing demand for international legal services in the region. The cooperative framework will entail seconding lawyers to each other’s offices […]

LSA anxiety prompts West Country merger

West Country firm Porter Dodson has merged with Yeovil-based Batt Sanders & Bennett. Porter Dodson partner Rob Fox said the prospect of deregulation through the implementation of the Legal Services Act has put pressure on smaller firms to add critical mass. “For smaller firms deregulation’s a big issue,” Fox said. “It could mean problems with […]

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Crossing the LPO Rubicon

Our report on Slaughter and May setting up a panel of LPO providers seems to be proof that outsourcing is here to stay. When we originally reported Slaughters’ decision to examine the matter (5 October 2009) it was seen by the market as having enormous symbolic importance. I’ve lost count of the number of comments […]

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Norton Rose comes out with LGBT forum

Norton Rose is to launch an LGBT network in a bid to improve the recruitment, retention and promotion of its gay and lesbian staff. The network is expected to go live later this month, and alongside internal staff support will provide opportunities for networking with LGBT clients and LGBT-related community work. Research conducted by LGBT […]

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