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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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Clarke Willmott takes over Heatons office

In other news, Clarke Willmott has taken over the Birmingham office of Heatons, leaving the latter with just three partners in its Manchester office (The Lawyer, 3 April). Clarke Willmott has acquired three partners and eight associates, including corporate specialists Rob Parry and Paul Wakefield, as well as commercial property partner Jonathan Morton. As part […]

Thring townsend wins stress settlement

South West firm Thring Townsend has won an £850,000 settlement for a passenger suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the Ladbroke Grove train crash in October 1999. The personal injury case was unusual in that the damages award was made on the basis of future earnings for a postion that the client […]

Animal rights activists lose University case

Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, the scourge of animal rights activists, has won another victory for Oxford University against protestors seeking to disrupt the construction of a new biomedical research centre. This morning Mr Justice Holland (26 May) granted an extension to an injunction against activists demonstrating opposite the site. Holland J said the exclusion zone around the […]

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A magic circle catastrophe was narrowly averted recently, and one of Tulkinghorn’s spies was on hand to witness the near carnage. Sunday 14 May and a scribe is walking home through the City. The route takes the honest hack down Silk Street and past Linklaters‘ Angel Towers. As she passes the hallowed halls she detects […]

Thomas Eggar, Cripps ride South East boom

South East firms Cripps Harries Hall and Thomas Eggar have profited from the booming economy in the region with record turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP) figures. Cripps’ fee income rose by 17 per cent to £16.35m, compared with £14m last year. This includes the adjustment made for the sale of wealth management arm […]

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