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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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Keeping the endings in sight

Lord Justice Jackson’s reforms need special measures applied when it comes to insolvency cases The Jackson reforms are designed to tackle problems in relation to civil ­litigation costs. One of their focal points is in relation to conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) and after-the- event (ATE) insurance. They propose that CFA ’success fees’ and ATE premiums […]

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Justice secretary Ken Clarke suspected of caving in to US pressure on closed courts The debate on secret justice ratcheted up a notch last week as lawyers and journalists condemned Government proposals to expand closed hearings. Justice secretary Ken Clarke wants to alter the concept of open justice under perceived US pressure over our leaky […]

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Former ‘flying squad’ member quits Camerons for Edwards Wildman

CMS Cameron McKenna’s international head of private equity Ted Cominos is to leave the firm to become a partner in the Chicago office of newly merged Edwards Wildman. Cominos joined Camerons less than two years ago along with partners Graham Conlon and Alexandra Florea, plus associates John Faurescu, Cristina Proca, Anela Musat and Gokce Kilic […]

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Appleby scoops Cayman litigation head from offshore rival Ogier

Appleby has raided rival offshore firm Ogier for its Cayman head of litigation Chris Russell as the firm continues to bulk up its dispute resolution practice. Ogier has turned to 3 Stone Buildings for Russell’s replacement, picking up Richard de Lacy QC who will begin work on Monday (19 March). De Lacy will be a […]

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