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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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US consortium wins UK e-borders deal

The in-house team at US defence company Raytheon has negotiated and signed a £650m contract with the Home Office to manage its e-borders project. US defence company Raytheon has signed a £650m contract with the Home Office to manage its e-borders project, mainly using its own in-house team for legal advice despite the size and […]

Revealed: 25 per cent of barristers want partnerships

Almost a quarter of barristers want to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar. Almost a quarter of barristers would like to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar, new research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed. The BSB’s first major research project since its formation in […]

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has hired the former head of Collyer-Bristow’s sports practice to head its commercial legal department. David Becker was a partner at Collyer-Bristow for more than four years before his move to the ICC’s Dubai headquarters last week. He joins as senior counsel in charge of media and commercial deals, reporting […]

Government turns to Burges Salmon for carbon trading scheme

Burges Salmon has landed a role advising the Government on its carbon offsetting policy for Government official and ministerial air travel. The firm advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the drafting and negotiation of a scheme designed to reduce the impact of carbon emissions. The Government will buy emissions from […]

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