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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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SRA delays force Parabis to defer Duke Street investment

Insurance firm Parabis has been forced to delay its ABS deal with private equity house Duke Street because the SRA is struggling to cope with the flow of post Legal Services Act applications. It is understood that the Parabis deal was expected to complete this week, but delays in the application process has caused the […]

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As news comes in that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to stand down in December, one Clifford Chance partner will be feeling the need for an intercessor. Asia head Peter Charlton has been arrested in Hong Kong after a road accident in which the former global corporate head was reportedly driving a Jaguar after consuming […]

France’s De Pardieu and China’s Allbright enter into cooperation

Chinese firm Allbright Law Offices has signed its first formal cooperation agreement with a firm from another jurisdiction following the move of Allbright lawyer Ghislain de Mareuil to France’s De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. De Mareuil has joined De Pardieu as a counsel to head up a Chinese desk in Paris, following two years as a […]

Vos J threatens phone-hacking firms with group litigation order as costs spiral

High Court judge Mr Justice Vos has ordered firms involved in the wave of phone-hacking cases to find a more efficient method of working or risk their clients being forced into a group litigation order [GLO] represented by a single firm. The move comes in response to claims that costs in cases that have so […]

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