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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 […]

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Nicholsons merger aims to broaden practice strengths

The ‘East meets West’ merger between City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones and Mayfair-based Brecher & Co became reality on 10 October, creating a 46-partner, top-40 firm with an expected combined turnover of £16 million this year. The Brecher name will be lost with the new firm retaining the name of Nicholson Graham & Jones. […]

CND protesters' gaffe leaves Herbert Wilkes seeing red

BIRMINGHAM firm Herbert Wilkes faces a repair bill for thousands of pounds after its main office was vandalised by CND demonstrators who mistook it for the French Chamber of Commerce. The attackers daubed CND slogans and flung red paint 40ft up the front of the Grade II-listed building following France’s second nuclear test explosion last […]

Commission boosts local society cause

A “VIBRANT” network of active local law societies has been unearthed by a commission set up to examine their relationship with Chancery Lane. The Partnership Commission, given the task by the Law Society with the aim of strengthening Chancery Lane’s links with the grassroots of the profession, reported to the local law society conference held […]

Changing prehistoric practices

The recent Bar Conference included a session on chambers management. It examined the past and future of a fictional chambers in crisis that had the address No 1 Jurassic Court. The fictional case study included the revelation that Jurassic Court’s income had declined. The new senior clerk, with a better working knowledge of the computer […]

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