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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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Ashurst: PEP rises as turnover stalls

Ashurst’s financial performance has rebounded with the firm reporting a 9 per cent increase in average profits per equity partner (PEP) last financial year to reach £567,000. But the increase was still not enough to fully counteract the firm’s dismal results in 2003/04, which saw average PEP tumble 11.7 per cent to £521,000, down from […]

Bringing the house down

A Slaughters partner may be edging perilously close to financial ruin after his wife bet the house on London’s theatreland. Two weeks ago, the well-known theatre producer and Perrier Awards chief Nica Burns, with American oil millionaire and theatre producer Max Weitzenhoffer, stumped up £5.75m for a half share in the Apollo, Garrick, Duchess and […]

Lovells names Asia chief

Lovells has appointed litigation specialist Crispin Rapinet as the firm’s new Asia regional managing partner. Rapinet, formerly Lovells’ Hong Kong managing partner, succeeds Don Kelly, who stood down in April. As Asia regional managing partner Rapinet will have overall responsibility for Lovells’ six offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh […]

Halliwells grows North West with DLA Piper, Pinsents hires

Halliwells has snagged a second partner from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s Liverpool office and has lured Pinsent Masons partner Patrick Kennedy in Manchester. Colin Gibbons will join Halliwells later this year along with DLA Piper associate Fiona Parry, who becomes a partner at her new firm. The firm hired DLA Piper corporate partner Paul Jefferson in […]

Legal Widow

The firm is worse than the schools when it comes to letting people out for holidays. As it is you practically have to pledge a new science wing in your will to get a long weekend out of the schools we send the kids to, but that’s nothing compared to the negotiating I have to […]

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