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Construction: can a company in liquidation refer a dispute to adjudication?

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has delivered a significant judgment in Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd v Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in Liquidation) [2018] EWHC 2043 (TCC) where the company seeking to refer a dispute to adjudication was in liquidation. The substance of the dispute related to the contractor’s claim for payment allegedly due for […]

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 […]

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Defence lawyer takes a bow on the box

A BBC producer who shadowed a hard-working criminal solicitor for a documentary has admitted the experience was a real “eye opener”. London solicitor June Venters, of Venters & Co, will feature next month in a documentary series highlighting the work of women professionals who work in the criminal justice system. Producer Tracy Cook said her […]

In brief: Get rid of your aggression with road race

Firms are being encouraged to enter teams for this year’s Great Legal Challenge, sponsored by The Lawyer, which takes place on 10 July. The 3.5 mile road race, part of the annual ‘Chase Corporate Challenge’, will be held in London’s Battersea Park at 6.45 pm. Last year’s race was won be Norton Rose. A trophy […]

Irish courts face 'bedlam' after divorce reform

The Irish court system looks set to be swamped by tens of thousands of couples seeking divorce when it is legalised this autumn. Divorce has been banned in the Republic for the past 70 years but at least 40,000 couples in the country have won judicial separations and no one knows how many of these […]

Garretts to set up litigation department

Garrett & Co, the law firm allied to accountancy giant Arthur Andersen, hopes to establish a litigation department in London as part of an ambitious expansion programme to boost fee income. Julia Chain, managing partner at Garretts, said setting up a litigation unit would complement the firm’s company and commercial division in the capital where […]

The Blitz spirit that overrides politics

Pictures of bomb-damaged buildings and injured bystanders are again making the front pages. No-one can fail to be moved by the pain and suffering that has been caused as well as relieved that there were no fatalities, this time. The unfortunate fact is that disaster planning now has to be put back on many agendas, […]

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