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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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THIS is the logo that hundreds of solicitors’ offices will be parading to the public as proof of a quality legal aid service. More than 1,000 franchise applicants have heard they made it through the arduous audit. About 300 offices were weeded out but the majority are set to re-apply after making minor changes to […]

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The charity Will Aid is calling for solicitors to join in its 1994 will-writing campaign. The campaign, which will run throughout November, involves solicitors around the country preparing straightforward wills free of charge for clients. People then make a donation (u35 is suggested) to support charities including Actionaid, Oxfam, and Save The Children. For further […]

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CURBS on new solicitors, less Law Society staff, a less generous compensation fund and a conveyancing insurance levy for clients, are included in Martin Mears’ election manifesto. Due to be unveiled this week, it urges electors to vote in “the reform candidates” of Mears and Sayer, his running mate. Among the proposals, rounded on as […]

Liverpool lawyer gets jail sentence

A SOLICITOR who stole u66,000 from the accounts of deceased clients to pay his grandmother’s nursing home bills and to finance his life-style was jailed for two years. Liverpool Crown Court heard last week how Paul Edwards was caught out by his former bosses after stealing u8,500, which he repaid by taking from another firm […]

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