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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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Slaughters and A&O battle for control of pub chain M&B

Slaughter and May is acting for longstanding client Punch Taverns in a merger bid that would create the UK’s largest pub group. Slaughter and May’s team is being led by partners David Johnson and Kathryn Davis. Johnson said: “We started acting for Punch when it was first formed and followed the company through its flotation […]

Tony Blair’s brother appointed Queen’s Bench judge

Tony Blair’s brother, William Blair QC of 3 Verulam Buildings (3vb), has been appointed a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. Nicholas Hill, senior practice manager at 3vb, said this is the set’s second judicial appointment following the elevation of Ross Cranston QC to the bench earlier this year. “His [Blair] […]

SJ Berwin mediation chief Shapiro goes freelance at 80

SJ Berwin mediation chief David Shapiro is leaving the firm. The 80-year old partner is to become an independent mediator to avoid conflict issues. Shapiro said: “I will miss them all: lawyers, secretaries, support staff…even management. “All the SJB lawyers, secretaries and support staff should know that I appreciate all they have done for me […]

Outer Temple cements US ties with capture of trial lawyer

Outer Temple Chambers has firmed up its US alliances by bringing trial lawyer Vance of NY firm Morvillo Abramovitz on board. Outer Temple Chambers has firmed up its US alliances by bringing trial lawyer Cyrus Vance of New York firm Morvillo Abramovitz on board as an associate member. Vance, who has practised before the US […]

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