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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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Arnold & Porter bags FTC chairman

The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is joining Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter after six years in the position. Robert Pitofsky will join Arnold & Porter’s antitrust practice, where he was of counsel before he left to chair the FTC. The firm’s antitrust practice is one of the country’s most significant and […]

Wragge to keep bra sizes secret

Wragge & Co is to advise the UK National Sizing Survey on how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 when collecting personal information. Cinzia Biondi, a data protection specialist with the Midlands-based firm, will help the project preserve the privacy of the 15,000 people taking part in the survey. Most of the leading […]

Freshfields fees set to soar

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer could push Linklaters & Alliance into third place for turnover this year for the first time ever. Boosted by the merger with Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber in August last year, Freshfields expects its gross fees to rocket to more than £600m for the year 2000-2001. That is more than a 50 per […]

Tale from the right bank

Storm clouds may be gathering over the Arc de Triomphe, but their origin is a matter of debate among law firms in Paris. UK and US law firms would have us believe that they are closing in on the Paris market, snatching work from under the noses of their French counterparts. Law firms in France, […]

Fancy a banana?

Has anyone heard the one about the Pollock banana? Tulkinghorn understands that the ubiquitous Gordon Pollock QC, head of Essex Court Chambers, has been using a monkey theme in court. Tulkinghorn has it on good authority that during a summing-up in court Pollock persistently referred to his opposition counsel, Steven Gee QC (once of Essex […]

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