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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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Lord Chief Justice Taylor has received an honorary doctorate in civil law from City University Business School. The degree was presented to the retiring Lord Chief Justice by Professor Martin Dockray at a ceremony held at Guildhall last Friday.

UK should take the moral high ground

Emergency legislation has been a feature of Northern Ireland’s legal life since partition. If a crime is committed, those suspected of political motivation can be detained for up to seven days without charge, with no access to reading or writing materials for seven days, no access to lawyer or family for up to 48 hours, […]

New senior partner at Fishburn Boxer

PROFESSIONALS are increasingly being made scapegoats when things go wrong, according to Andrew Davis, new senior partner at insurance law firm Fishburn Boxer. Davis, whose appointment will take effect from the beginning of next month, sees his role as “consolidating and building upon the existing success of the firm”. He replaces existing senior partner Richard […]

Ace targets solicitors

Applied Computer Expertise (Ace) is hoping for a breakthrough into solicitors’ practices with an adapted version of its Infinity practice management system. The firm has created a new position of sales and marketing manager to target the developing market. The post will be filled by Stephen Murphy, formerly a sales executive at legal software supplier […]

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Pinsent Curtis advised the Co-operative bank in Leeds on the acquisition and working capital facilities in relation to the management buy-out of two businesses of British Thornton Holdings.

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