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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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Appeal judges should spend less time in court says Bowman review

Sir Jeffery Bowman’s year-long review of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), published last week, calls for many appeals to be relegated to the lower courts, time limits for oral argument and more judicial case management. In a report that mirrors Lord Woolf’s report into the whole civil justice system, Bowman also recommends that judges […]

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Ex-employee accuses MoD of negligence

A naval airman sues the MoD for allegedly exposing him to fumes, causing asthma that ended his career, reports Roger Pearson A negligence claim, in which the Ministry of Defence is being sued by a naval airman who claims he was left suffering from asthma as a result of exposure to glue while repairing equipment, […]

In brief: Red and blue redesign for Biddle & Co

City firm Biddle & Co, advised by design consultancy The Partners, has shortened its name to Biddle, introduced a new blue and red look to all its stationery and promotional literature, as well refurbishing its reception and meeting rooms.

Top firms seek to scrap SIF

A group of 35 top law firms is threatening legal action against the Law Society if it does not swiftly revamp the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). Known as the November Group, the firms – most of which are among the top 50 in the country – are seeking the right to get private sector indemnity […]

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