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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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Why Clydes is bonny in the US

Clydes is succeeding where many a magic circle firm has failed, but will its strategy outlive the downturn? asks Julia Berris Peter Hasson International expansion has been at the heart of Clyde & Co’s strategy for years. During the 2007-08 financial year the insurance-focused firm stepped up a gear, borrowing almost £40m to help fund […]

Hammonds invites office heads to join the board

Hammonds has overhauled its management structure to give more power to office heads. Robert Weekes The heads of the national firm’s offices in Leeds, ­London, Manchester and Birmingham now sit on its operations board. They join managing partner Peter Crossley and Hammonds’ international department heads. The board deals with the day-to-day running of the firm […]

Brabners wins employment role for BCC

North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has won a role ­advising the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on ­employment matters. The mandate comes on the back of the firm’s relationships with other business networks, including The Employment Agents Movement and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. The BCC instruction will be led by employment partners Paul […]

Power shift

The Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme will spark a host of contract disputes as landlords and tenants fight to move the onus onto each other. By Joe Payne The UK Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme is designed to encourage participating organisations to lower their carbon footprints. Because many ­participating organisations will seek to do so by reducing energy consumption […]

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