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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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Fees talk tackles conflict of interest

John Malpas A CONDITIONAL fees seminar has been organised for barristers and clerks by an enterprising solicitor who claims the Manchester Bar is “way behind” in its understanding of the issue. The controversial new “no win no fee” agreement laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor shortly after Easter will have a major impact on […]

Who's doing what

The main objective for investing in computer systems, whether for office or home use, is that they are meant to carry out a task more quickly, more easily and more accurately. This means that they leave more time for doing the things you want or need to do either at home or in the office. […]

BLA wants bureau axed

The British Legal Association is to call for the abolition of the Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau at a requisitioned meeting at the Law Society. Members of the 15,000-strong BLA voted at its annual general meeting to support a motion for abolishing the SCB, returning disciplinary matters to the Law Society and discontinuing all other SCB functions. […]

Taking control of spending

After property, a computer system continues to be the single biggest purchase that a law firm makes. Careful appraisal and financial planning are vital when making IT purchases in order to check whether the product is suitable, feasible and acceptable. Suitability Does the proposed purchase fit in with the firm’s business strategy? If the strategy […]

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