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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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Many leading regional lawyers instruct junior counsel locally and are more than happy with the standard of service they receive – and the fees for local advocates are competitive. In the Midlands, the set at 5 Fountain Court in Birmingham has several popular junior barristers. Paul Bleasdale is often mentioned. “He is decisive, very good […]

In brief: Thanksgiving service for Lord Taylor

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Lord Taylor of Gosforth will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral at 5pm on Tuesday 15 July. Lord Taylor, who was Lord Chief Justice of England from 1992 to 1996, died late last April. The service will be open to all who wish to attend.

UN backs international court

KOFI Annan, the United Nations secretary general, has used the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 50th anniversary celebrations as a platform to pledge his personal support for the creation of an international criminal court. Delivering the keynote speech at the celebrations in New York last week, Annan said he was confident a diplomatic conference in Italy […]

Labour decimates PFI health work

LINKLATERS & Paines is to sponsor a senior law lecturer to conduct a four-year research programme to examine the training needs of qualified lawyers. As part of the terms of his research fellowship, which is in professional legal education, Scott Slorach, the principal law lecturer at Nottingham Law School, will help Linklaters to develop its […]

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