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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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ABP makes first post-takeover legal hire

Associated British Ports (ABP) has hired its first lawyer since being taken over by the Goldman Sachs-led consortium Admiral Acquisitions in June. Australian Julie Galligan, an associate in SJ Berwin‘s corporate team, joins the port operator as the sole assistant to general counsel Andrew Garner, who joined in October last year. Garner said: “We have […]

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Panorama fallout steals Freshfields’ thunder

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Driving regeneration

Regeneration of the Longbridge car plant will have beneficial repercussions beyond the confines of the plant itself, says Mitchell Ball It was the end of an era for MG Rover’s Longbridge plant in Birmingham this August when the plant’s famous conveyor belt bridge over the A38 motorway was taken down. Although it marked the end […]

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