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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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European patent offices to take on UK work

The UK Patent Office is to shift some of its patent application work to its Danish equivalent in a move to speed up the progress of its caseload. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office will handle about 750 UK patent applications over the next two years following an agreement signed last week. The move is […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – SIX CONTINENTS

KKR jumps to attention as 6C is targeted by Hugh Osmond Slaughter and May may be advising high-profile entrepreneur Hugh Osmond on his bid for Six Continents (6C), but it remains to be seen which UK firm will secure an instruction from KKR. At the time of writing, KKR had still not declared its hand, […]

Secondary victim of medical negligence receives award

For the first time, a secondary victim of medical negligence recovered damages for her trauma in the Court of Appeal case of a mother whose baby died in her arms after two days of suffering “The case makes it clear that the law relates to clinical negligence in the same way that it applies to […]

Hammonds faces insurance practice walkout

Hammonds looks set to lose its entire commercial insurance practice of around 35 lawyers.The Lawyer has discovered that eight partners of Hammonds’ commercial insurance team are holding talks with senior partner Richard Burns and managing partner Chris Jones about setting up an independent niche insurance practice.The team had the opportunity to leave Hammonds when the […]

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