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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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PCs all round for Scots firm

Linda Tsang reports Leading Edinburgh-based commercial firm Shepherd & Wedderburn is to install a state-of-the-art practice management system which will result in 250 users having a desktop PC. It is seen as a radical move for a Scottish firm. The firm has opted for the Precedent system, supplied by Miles 33, and its chief executive […]

Struck off solicitor set to fight tribunal

A SOLICITOR who was jailed for defrauding the Legal Aid Board by making false claims for advice given to prostitutes was struck off the register last week John Shepherd, who ran two firms in Liverpool before serving his three-year sentence, appeared before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal on 6 June. He claims the panel of two […]

Greenwich backs private prosecution

THE EVIDENCE against four teenagers accused in a private prosecution of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence is to be tested at an old-style committal hearing. Magistrates at Woolwich, south-east London, will begin hearing the case on 23 August. Proceedings are expected to last between five and seven days. News of the hearing came as the […]

CRE scraps plans for race bias probe

THE COMMISSION for Racial Equality has dropped plans for a formal investigation into allegations of racial discrimination at the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL), instead entering into a written agreement on race relations with the Council of Legal Education. But the CRE claims it has not backed down from probing race issues at […]

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