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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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Trainee lawyers require protection from bullying bosses

Susannah Haan of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group says the Law Society should come down hard on firms that ill treat their trainees. Susannah Haan is chair of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group and a trainee at Clifford Chance. The number of calls that trainee solicitors are making to the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) helpline each month […]

Part-time judges face delay over Woolf training

Part-time county court judges will receive no training in the Woolf civil justice reform rules until after the 26 April launch-date. The 1,250 judges in England and Wales, who sit for a minimum of 20 days per year, will not begin training in the new rules until 19 April. In the latest setback to hit […]

In brief: Prevention of crime is cheaper than cure

Spending money on family support, education and combating truancy would be more cost-effective than increasing spending on young offenders in prison, a new report by The Princes Trust and KPMG has concluded. Wasted Lives, released this week, says juveniles in prison cost the country at least u190m, while programmes to keep families together and help […]

All set for tough new regime at the OFT

George Peretz examines the OFT preparations for the impending changes in the competition regulations. George Peretz is a barrister at Monckton Chambers, London. Since the Competition Act was passed last month, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been gearing up for a revolution in competition law. The Director General of Fair Trading, John Bridgeman, […]

Sultan of Brunei dissolves Bruneian Ministry of Justice

THE Sultan of Brunei has axed the Bruneian Ministry of Justice as part of a shake-up following the collapse of the international conglomerate Amedeo, which was controlled by his brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah. The Sultan has offered no explanation for the move, which is reported to have come as a shock to Brunei’s 70-odd legal […]

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