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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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Firms fly the flag

IN A week that a senior German government minister claimed Britain was obsessed with World War II, UK firms could be forgiven for a little Union Jack sabre rattling. A recent wave of expansion by City firms into Europe was followed up by a government report showing that exports of UK legal services rose by […]

Law Soc official likens Home Office to Hitler

A senior Law Society official has compared government plans to withdraw support from asylum seekers who seek a judicial review with the policies of Adolf Hitler. A draft Home Office manual released last week says that state support, including food and housing, will no longer be provided to asylum seekers who pursue a judicial review […]

Verdict causes stir for broadcasters

A COURT of Appeal decision on 17 December has caused a major stir among broadcasting companies, and is still being analysed by lawyers. Denton Hall’s Simon Levine and Neville Cordell say it has stretched the scope of the 1998 Copyright Designs and Patents Act “fair dealing” defence too far. The decision relates to the Pro […]

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Puzzling letter from the nursery this morning. Apparently the other children are having trouble with Deminimus’ name, and could they call him something easier, like David? Or Derek? I feel the hot breath of the Lord Chancellor on my neck, and feel sure this is just a polite way of getting the assistants off the […]

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