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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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Goodwill hunting

When a partner retires from a partnership, goodwill is required on both sides, but does a firm have the power to enforce it? By Clive Greenwood One of the most valuable assets of a partnership is its goodwill, and one of the essential elements of any well-drafted partnership agreement is the protection of that goodwill […]

DWF implements new management structure

North West firm DWF has revamped its entire management system. The firm has appointed HR group head Andrew Leaitherland as the firm’s first managing partner, at the same time as disbanding its former management board in favour of implementing a new strategic team. Senior partner Jim Davies continues in that role, although his day-to-day operational […]

Bedell Cristin continues growth with Guernsey launch

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Pub grubs

News reaches Tulkinghorn – anecdotally of course – that although Cadwalader lawyers are said to be massively aggressive over the negotiating table (who on earth could they be trying to emulate? wonders Tulkinghorn) they are actually lovely chaps in the pub. The answer, surely, is do the deals in the Dog & Duck. Just a […]

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