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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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UK law firm partnerships ready for non-lawyers post-Clementi

Survey reveals two-thirds of partnerships will welcome non-lawyer participation, but outside investment gets short shrift Partnerships in the UK’s biggest law firms are likely to be swelled with non-lawyers when legislation is passed implementing Sir David Clementi’s recent recommendations on the regulation of the legal profession. Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of managing partners plan […]

Freshfields storms Barclays panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed a place on Barclays’ general advisory panel after the conclusion of the banking giant’s review of external legal advisers. The appointment is a coup for Freshfields as it narrowly missed out on winning a place on the coveted panel when it was last reviewed in summer 2003. The magic circle […]

Offshore: Bermuda

Where a trust is subject to English law, trustees who wish to enter into a particular transaction but who do not have power to do so can apply to the courts for that authority. If the court is satisfied that the transaction would be ‘expedient’ (in the context of the trust as a whole), it […]

A fistful of lawyers

And so it fell to Edinburgh-based Brodies to provide the cast for the Scottish legal market’s annual summer punch-up this year. Few readers can have forgotten the points victory won by Dickson Minto last year after two of its lawyers had a drunken brawl during a boozy firmwide weekend away at the Lake District. Exactly […]

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