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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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The US legal services industry has suffered the first significant year-on-year drop in employment in a decade. The most recent report from the US Bureau of Labour and Data Statistics, published today (Friday 7 November) shows that employment in the sector was down by 1.25 per cent in October 2008 compared with the same month […]

Hackney hires Hillingdon lawyer

The London Borough of Hackney has recruited senior social service lawyer Suzanne Bond from the London Borough of Hillingdon. Bond, who is also president of the Solicitors in Local Government association, will join Hackney as interim principal lawyer in charge of the children and adults team. She will report to general counsel Amanda Kelly, who […]

Opinion: Lawyers have what it takes to be school governors

Overloaded, overcomplicated and ­overlooked. That’s not a description of a day in the life of a corporate lawyer, but one of the key findings to come out of a new ­Business in the Community (BITC) report on school governors. Off the back of that report a national campaign was subsequently launched in October this year, […]

Paul Weiss joins cast of Hexion-Huntsman

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has won a leading role on the high-profile dispute between chemicals companies Hexion and Huntsman. The New York firm’s chairman-elect Brad Karp is advising Hexion alongside Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz on the damages litigation between the two companies. The latest instalment in the long-running saga follows a court […]

Plea to ministers as pro bono week begins

The Law Society joined forces with the Bar Council and the Institute of Legal Executives this morning to launch the seventh annual Pro Bono Week. It is expected to be the biggest event of its kind to date, with more than 70 organised events compared with 30 in 2007. Michael Napier, Irwin Mitchell partner and […]

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