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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 […]

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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?

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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”…

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It’s that time of the year when the Centre for Brand Analysis publishes its annual list of Superbrands. Once again there’s been a shake-up among the law firms that have made the cut (see story). Last year Clifford Chance took the top spot among law firms at number 184, way behind the likes of Rolls-Royce, […]

Police’s 2001 May Day kettling was lawful, European court rules

The European Court of Human Rights has found that the police’s use of the controversial kettling tactic at a 2001 demonstration was lawful. The use of the tactic during a violent May Day demonstration in Oxford Street in May 2001 was taken to Strasbourg by protestor Lois Austin and three other members of the public: […]

Dechert bulks up in Frankfurt with Fried Frank hire

Dechert has raided rival US firm Fried Frank to bolster its newly-opened Frankfurt office, picking up partner Sven Schulte-Hillen. Schulte-Hillen was previously managing partner of Fried Frank in Frankfurt, having founded the office in 2004. The hire follows Dechert’s January 2012 announcement (17 January 2012) that it was opening in the city to build on […]

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SJ Berwin hands senior partner mandate to competition head Kon

SJ Berwin EU and competition head Stephen Kon has won the race to be the firm’s next senior partner, defeating litigation partner Hilton Mervis in a two-man contest. Kon will take over on 1 May, replacing Jonathan Blake after the funds partner spent two three-year terms in the role. Blake decided last month not to […]

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