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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: William Yoder

William Yoder was born in Kansas in 1970. He works as an associate at Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin. What was your first job? Selling watermelons. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? $54,000 (u32,300). What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Become an actor. What was your most satisfying […]

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LAWYERS from around the UK have launched an organisation to tackle the legal challenges which surround the millennium bug, known as Y2K. Five UK firms – London’s Withers, Edinburgh’s Bird Semple, Merseyside’s Ross & Co, Bournemouth’s Lester Aldridge and Newcastle’s Robert Muckle – have joined Y2K specialist John Melville-Williams QC to launch the Y2K Lawyers […]

How to make meetings meaningful

Keith Carter argues that expert witness meetings are often futile and says a definite change of emphasis is needed. Keith Carter is the principal at Keith Carter & Associates, employment consultants. Meetings between experts as a means of isolating areas of disagreement are undoubtedly helpful. Such meetings can speed up the resolution of an action […]

High noon for 'hired guns'

Mark Solon and Catherine Bond say the good times are over for expert witnesses, as the Lord Chancellor’s Department plans to restrict their use and cut back on their fees. Mark Solon and Catherine Bond are directors of witness training company Bond Solon Training. As litigation has boomed over the past 10 years, more experts […]

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