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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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Turners and Ottaways set merger date

St Albans firms Turner & Debenhams and Ottaways will merge on 1 September to create a firm with a combined turnover of around £8m. The new firm will be called ­Debenhams Ottaway and will comprise 17 partners and 120 staff. The firm will move into Turners’ current offices.

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Where there’s a will

A recent ruling by the Royal Court of Guernsey has modified the law governing guardianship, ushering in a quasi-statutory wills regime in the process. This recent case dealt with by Royal Court of Guernsey ­dramatically changed the law of Guernsey in relation to guardianship. The case related to whether the assets of a Guernsey-­domiciled person […]

White trash?

The EU’s draft white paper on anti-money laundering competence has drawn fierce criticism for its arbitrary methodology. In May the EU published a white paper detailing the countries it considered to have in place anti-money laundering controls the equivalent to the EU’s own. The list, which is still in draft phase, has caused uproar in […]

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Eastern promises

Who’d want to live in the Middle East? Not quite enough of you, it would seem. On paper it should be an easy sell. Work in London is dropping off and the growth is overseas – what better protection from all those redundancies masquerading as performance reviews? What’s more, competition for partnership in the City […]

Appeal court makes landmark equal pay decision

Tens of thousands of low paid local council and NHS workers could claim equal pay compensation following a landmark decision handed down in the Court of Appeal today (29 July). Sitting alongside Lady Justice Smith and Mr Justice Lindsay, Lord Justice Mummery ruled against the local authorities in the case Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council […]

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