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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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Law Soc staff face huge pay cuts in new regime

Law Society staff are facing massive pay cuts and potential job losses as the society enforces a revised pay scheme. The salary system, drawn up by Hay Management Consultants, which is also responsible for the current pay and conditions structure at the Legal Aid Board, also makes provision for “external career counselling services” for those […]

In brief: McGrath & Co

McGrath & Co, the Birmingham legal aid firm, has lost four partners after they left to form a new firm specialising in housing law and advising travellers. The Community Law Partnership – which includes partners Chris Esdaile, Chris Johnson, Rosaleen Kilbane and Mike McIlvaney – has set up shop in the city centre.

Scots slam fixed fees in criminal cases

Scottish lawyers have attacked the Scottish Office’s changes to fixed fees for criminal legal aid, saying the payments do not make provision for complex cases. The fixed payment system for legal aid in summary cases – originally proposed in a Scottish Office’s consultation paper in October – was increased after responses to the paper were […]

Battle in the High Court

The future of a High Court battle in which the Canada Trust Company is suing Wolfgang Stolzenberg president and chief executive of the Castor Group over alleged malpractice and fraud is to be decided by the House of Lords. Stolzenberg is fighting a long-running battle to block action in the English courts claiming he is […]

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