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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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Shoosmiths aims to raise £60,000 for Barnado’s by April 2014

Shoosmiths is aiming to raise at least £60,000 for Barnado’s by the end of next April. The money will enable the children’s charity to employ two specialist workers to tackle child sexual exploitation — an issue it believes is the most pressing and hidden child protection issue for UK children aged 10 and over. Shoosmiths’ […]

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Nabarro advises on Jordan’s $290m onshore wind farm

Nabarro has advised on Jordans first utility-scale onshore wind farm amid growing demand for energy in the region. The Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) has now signed the financing agreement to begin construction of the the $290m Tafila wind farm. The developer consortium consists of a group comprising EP Global Energy, the Euro-Mediterranean fund Inframed and Masdar […]

Allen & Overy hires Stephen Lloyd as private equity partner in its corporate group

Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of Stephen Lloyd as a private equity partner in its London corporate group. Lloyd joins from Ashurst, where he was managing partner of the London corporate department from 2009 to 2012 and global head of corporate from 2012. His practice focuses mainly on private equity; however, he has considerable experience […]

Stamps on the passport

Osborne Clarke is about to open another European base, this time in Amsterdam. It adds to its recent investments into its Paris and Brussels offices and confirms the trend that mid-sized UK law firms cannot afford to ignore the Continent. Osborne Clarke to set up shop in Amsterdam Osborne Clarke beefs up offices in Paris and […]

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