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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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Ward Hadaway names latest merger partner

Newcastle firm Ward Hadaway is merging with Gateshead practice Keenlyside & Forster, only weeks after the collapse of its talks with Watson Burton. The newly created 38-partner firm will retain the name Ward Hadaway. Keenlyside & Forster staff will move to the firm’s premises in Newcastle and South Shields. Earlier this month talks between Ward […]

Dibbs loses property partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop property partner Graeme Webber is leaving the firm for a business venture that is shrouded in mystery. Webber qualified with Dibbs and has been with the firm for more than 12 years. He is based at the firm’s Leeds office. “People used to say if you cut me through the middle it […]

Chambers left in housing crisis as sets find no room at the Inns

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Olswang poaches top US corporate partner

Olswang is expanding its corporate practice by luring a leading partner from US firm Dewey Ballantine. The arrival of Moni Mannings brings the team up to 18 partners and 35 lawyers. It follows the poaching of Fabrizio Carpanini and Chris Mackie from Berwin Leighton in November last year. Now Olswang chief executive Jonathan Goldstein says […]

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