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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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In brief: Clarke Willmott acquires property practice

South-West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has acquired Bridgwater commercial property legal practice Michael Evans & Company. Clarke Willmott has 35 partners and 350 staff, and following the acquisition last month, the 18-strong staff of the target firm is moving into Clarke Willmott’s offices in Bridgwater, where partner Andrew Hannam will remain in charge. Pictured […]

It has been a good week for…

The Goldsmith Goal Setters, who conquered 12 other teams to win the Bar Sports Law Group five-a-side Charity Football Tournament. With an enviable 16 goals scored, but only three conceded – the case for the defence prevailing, presumably – and under the able management of Edith “senior clerk” Robertson, the team from Goldsmith chambers were […]

Prescott adds brands to Bacardi

Last year’s £9.8bn merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness to form Diageo also resulted in a bonanza for other lawyers this year when the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission ruled that Diageo was required to dispose of the Dewars Scotch and Bombay Gin brands. After a rapid auction, Diageo sold the brands for […]

Tripartite mergers are not the easy option

The top five City firms may not be losing any sleep over the proposed merger between Denton Hall, Theodore Goddard and Richards Butler. After all, it may never happen and even if it does, it will take some considerable time to settle and see the fruits of its labours. However, there is no doubt that […]

The justice mission

Human rights are once again high on the IBA’s conference agenda. But can such organisations make any real difference to abuses throughout the world? Had a bad day at the office? Colleagues or clients been on your back? Train late? Traffic heavy? had to work late? For Turkish defence lawyer, Tahir Elci, his “bad day” […]

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