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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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Withers/Speechly merger: Why the tie-up talks unravelled

A merged Withers and Speechly Bircham would have scaled The Lawyer’s UK 200 with a turnover of about £170m, and created one of the world’s largest specialist private client teams. So what went wrong? It emerged last week that the proposed merger between Withers and Speechly Bircham had fallen through after partners voted against the […]

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Travers to promote firm-wide diversity week in wake of pregnancy discrimination ruling

Travers Smith will review its training contract programme and invite all partners and staff to take part in its first Diversity Week in the autumn in the wake of an Employment Tribunal ruling against the firm. The tribunal dismissed all but one of former trainee Katie Tantum’s unfair dismissal claims and pregnancy discrimination against Travers […]

Power 30 list names Conyers director Fawaz Elmalki as industry leader

Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Fawaz Elmalki has been recognised in the 2013 MENA Fund Manager Service Provider Power 30 list. The Power 30 list — described as the ‘who’s who’ of service providers in the region — recognises individuals who continue to shape the MENA funds industry. Fawaz, a director in Conyers’ Dubai office, was […]

MENA investment into Africa: Mauritius is the bridge

Many MENA-based investors looking to expand into Africa operate from Dubai, which has positioned itself as the regional leader for trade, transport, tourism, logistics and financial services. Ideally positioned between the Asian tigers and the African lions, Dubai is very much the choice of investors seeking to do business in the African continent, with COMESA […]

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Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond indulges in a thoroughly crackling dinner at Bird of Smithfield. My friend Don told me that his cousin Alan was going to open a new restaurant in Smithfield and that we would have to try it. I was a bit worried, in that what if it’s really rubbish way. I’d […]

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