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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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Order in (and out of) the house: what to do if an employee’s behaviour damages your company’s reputation

By Helen Burgess Hear, hear! Lord Sewel resigned following allegations involving drugs and prostitutes. But what if an employee in similar circumstances doesn’t resign – can you dismiss? What happened? It’s unlikely to have escaped your notice that Lord Sewel resigned after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes. As the deputy speaker of the […]

Holiday and family leave: are employees entitled to take holiday even after a period of family leave?

By Charlotte Staples Employees who take ‘family leave’ may not always given the opportunity to take accrued holiday when they return. But is this legal? Family leave encompasses several leave entitlements: maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave. In some cases employees who have been absent on such leave are not permitted by their employer […]

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