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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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Davis steps down as KWMSJB London corporate head amid reshuffle

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s (KWMSJB) City corporate head Steven Davis is to stand down after seven years in the position with legacy SJ Berwin. Partners Michael Goldberg and Richard Lever will succeed him as the London corporate group co-heads. Managing partner Rob Day said: “Steve’s done a couple of terms as London head […]

Rent as an expense of the administration: an update

We reported in our last newsletter that the High Court has granted permission in the Games Station administration on the question of the circumstances in which rent and service charges are to be treated as an expense of an administration.  The current position, following Goldacre and Luminar, is that rent and service charges payable in advance and which […]

Allen & Overy advises Merck on takeover

Allen & Overy has advised German pharmaceutical and chemical group Merck on its £1.6bn takeover offer of Luxembourg-based AZ Electronics Materials. The acquisition, contingent on the approval by antitrust authorities and a minimum acceptance level of 95 per cent of the shares, will boost Merck’s offering of speciality chemicals to the electronics industry.

Office holders’ liability for conversion

‘Conversion’ consists of an act of deliberately dealing with goods in a manner inconsistent with the owner’s rights to use the goods, thereby depriving the owner of those rights. It is not necessary for the offence to have been committed deliberately, only for the act of dealing with those goods to have been deliberate. Officeholders, […]

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