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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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In brief: Patent Office puts trade mark register online

The Patent Office has posted the UK trade marks register on the Internet. The new service will be of use to anyone needing to demonstrate or verify the ownership or status of a trade mark on the register. Peter Lawrence, director of trade marks at the Patent Office, said the move was “the latest phase […]

Property battle lost

The international property battle arising out of the collapse of Asil Nadir’s Polly Peck empire has finally reached the House of Lords. However, it has ended in failure for four Greek Cypriot companies that had sought to sue the admin-istrators of Polly Peck International in the UK courts in respect of property in the unrecognised […]

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Simmons & Simmons has taken the unusual step of abolishing the concept of salaried partners and has brought all its 50 or so salaried partners into the profit-sharing pool. One source claimed Simmons had asked a dozen partners to leave in the run-up to the restructuring, but chief executive Alan Morris denied this. The restructuring […]

Electronic conveyancing on the cards

The Law Commission and the Land Registry have put forward a joint proposal to speed up the house-buying process with “electronic conveyancing”. All properties would be registered at the Land Registry, and it would be possible to verify title in seconds.

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