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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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Kirkpatrick-Salans merger talks collapse

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has signalled the extent of its global ambitions by making a merger bid for Salans, but four months of discussions collapsed in August. Kirkpatrick is now seeking new opportunities in Continental Europe, Asia and the US West Coast. Peter Kalis, the chairman and managing partner of Kirkpatrick, said his firm […]

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The completion of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre is eagerly awaited and will put an end to a lacking regional court infrastructure. By Lesley Anderson QC There seems to be no end to the reconstruction and regeneration of Manchester that followed the IRA bombing in June 1996. Visitors cannot fail to admire the audacity of […]

New London boss to spearhead Squire integration and profile push

Squire Sanders & Dempsey today announced its new managing partner of the firm’s London office will be a partner gained from the recent Haarmann Hemmelrath merger. Andrew Visintin, who along with his Haarman colleagues joined the Ohio-headquartered firm in February, will lead more than 30 lawyers in the London office. There was no leadership vote. […]

Vinson launches in Hong Kong

Vinson & Elkins has announced the opening a Hong Kong office, making it the fourth international office the firm has opened in the past three years. The firm already has over 20 lawyers in its Asian offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. Its Hong Kong office will be headed by Vinson & Elkins partner Jay […]

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