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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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Obituary: Anthony Jennings QC

Leading criminal defence barrister Anthony Jennings QC of Matrix Chambers has died following a long illness. Jennings joined Matrix in 2000, having previously worked at 11 King’s Bench Walk and 2 Garden Court. In 2002 he was appointed as Recorder of the Crown Court, with permission to try rape cases. He will be sorely missed […]

House of Lords hears Norris extradition case

The House of Lords will today begin hearing the case of Ian Norris, determining conditions under which a UK citizen can be extradited to the US. The House of Lords will today (24th January) begin hearing the extradition case of Ian Norris which will determine the conditions under which a UK citizen can be extradited […]

Ashurst makes rare Hengeler hire

Ashurst Germany has enticed a corporate counsel away from Hengeler Mueller, Slaughter & May’s German best friend. Claudia Junker will join Ashurst’s equity partnership in its Frankfurt office’s corporate department, reported German magazine Juve. Hengeler has famously never lost a partner to a rival but that at a more junior level “it can happen that […]

Growth forecast inspires Withers’ Hong Kong move

Private client specialist Withers is to open an office in Hong Kong. Private client specialist Withers is to open an office in Hong Kong. The new base will be headed by former London partner and UK tax and family office practitioner Samantha Bradley and US tax partner Kurt Rademacher, who is transferring from the firm’s […]

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