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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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Cotty Vivant hire sparks Singapore launch

French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats. Taverne will head Cotty Vivant’s five-lawyer office in Singapore, becoming the firm’s tenth partner. He was head of the Singapore branch of DS Avocats from 2003 and before that was an associate at Gide […]

Scottish in-housers slam Govt complaints levy plan

In-house lawyers across Scotland have hit out at the Scottish government’s intention to forge ahead with a flat-rate levy to fund the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC). In-house lawyers across Scotland have hit out at the Scottish government’s intention to forge ahead with a flat-rate levy to fund the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC). The […]

New music partner for Davenport

Media lawyer Nigel Davies has joined West End media law firm Davenport Lyons as a partner in its music department. Davies was previously with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis and specialises in the digital issues of music. “There’s no doubt that Davenport Lyons is a leading corporate and rights practice and I’m very pleased […]

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UK 200 Position: 5 UK 200 Position: 5 UK/global turnover: £62.5m/£457.61m Global PEP: £804,000 UK/global RPL: £534,000/£549,000 It was a disappointing year for Shearman & Sterling, which reported stagnant revenue figures both globally and in London. Global PEP for the firm’s 196 equity partners performed far better, up by almost 14 per cent to £804,000 […]

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