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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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Self-regulation under attack

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Liverpool sets gear up for merger

John Malpas reports TWO of Liverpool’s oldest sets are to merge as a third celebrates the opening of a new wing. A busy period for chambers in Liverpool has culminated in the announcement of a merger between 14 Castle Street and 7 Queen Avenue. The merger, which both sets say will lead to an improved […]

Expert to Eversheds Birmingham

Eversheds has appointed 30-year-old Peter Owen as its information technology director for its Birmingham office. Part of Owen’s remit will be to link all fee earners and support staff enabling them to tap into the expertise of approximately 1,700 staff spread throughout the country. He will also be part of Eversheds national IT steering committee, […]

Mackay to tackle appeal backlog

LORD Mackay is considering an increase in the number of Appeal Court judges in response to a damning report on court delays by Sir Thomas Bingham. The Master of the Rolls’ review of the Civil Division’s legal year has prompted the Lord Chancellor to bring forward a planned review of judicial strength in the Appeal […]

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THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice's role as a watchdog

John Malpas reports THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice’s role as a watchdog over European Commission decisions will come under discussion at a lecture organised by a Lincoln’s Inn set. Judge Christopher Bellamy QC, the British Judge at the Court of First Instance, has agreed to deliver the fifth of a series of lectures being run […]

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