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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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Irwin Mitchell, the UK’s largest legal aid practice, has written to minister of state Geoff Hoon, warning that the draft funding code may breach the human rights convention and create an unworkable new bureaucracy. Partner Andrew Lockley says: “Government cuts on legal aid will be even worse than has hitherto been realised and are just […]

New competition rules clear the way

Michael Grenfell, partner, Norton Rose Simon Holmes, partner, SJ Berwin & Co John Boyce, partner, Slaughter and May In an attempt to clear a severe backlog of competition work building up outside the European Commission’s (EC) doors, a white paper was recently released proposing changes to how the EC handles restrictive trade cases under Article […]

Financings

Morgan Cole advised PixelFusion Group in raising u10m for completion of the development of the company’s first semiconductor chip. u7.5m was raised by a subscription offer of 1.25 million ordinary shares of 5p each

Partners on the move…

Music lawyer Petra Williams joined Bird & Bird’s media and entertainment group last week. She was formerly a partner with Sheridans. Media litigator Paul Fox, formerly of David Price & Co, joined the partners at Henry Hepworth on 4 May. Fox is an expert in defamation and will join the firm’s media specialists. City firm […]

Securitisation

The international securities group at Norton Rose advised Stena Line in its recent reorganisation of its asset-backed commercial paper securitisation programme. This programme will expand the existing Sterling-based programme to encompass passenger and freight receivables in euro, sterling, Swedish krona, Danish krone and Norwegian krone. Lead securitisation partner at Norton Rose Jonathan Walsh led the […]

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