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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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Redeployments, job shares, secondments spare 26 jobs

Blake Lapthorn, Clarke Willmott and Cobbetts have reduced the number of staff they are making redundant by a total of 26 through a combination of redeployments and client secondments. South East firm Blake Lapthorn launched a consultation with 43 members of staff in October, but has reduced the final number of redundancies by 10 after […]

In-house review of the year 2008: In good company

When it comes to keeping a lid on fees, in-house legal chiefs have been looking to drive a hard bargain during 2008. The past 12 months have been something of a rollercoaster for in-house lawyers. Those embedded in corporations and regulatory bodies may operate in ­varied industries, each with their own culture, but as 2008 […]

Web review of the year 2008: Write to reply

TheLawyer.com allows The Lawyer team to publish news as it breaks, but also enables you, the reader, to have your say. As well as a steady stream of comment from readers, many of the year’s top stories developed into full-blown debates. Here are just a few of the highlights The Mumbai terror publicity row This […]

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Beresfords to launch ‘legal supermarket’

Staff at Doncaster-based Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday, is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. Staff at Doncaster-based firm Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday (see story), is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. The ‘supermarket’ comprises a web portal called mysolicitor.com, […]

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