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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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Bingham seals eighth merger for West Coast push

US firm Bingham McCutchen has merged with Los Angeles firm Alschuler Grossman, increasing its litigation capabilities. Alschuler Grossman, which will add 40 lawyers to Bingham’s Los Angeles office, is well know for its work on high profile litigation cases. This is the eighth merger for Bingham and the second in 2007: the other being a […]

The work-life quiz with Jonathan Stephens

What was your first-ever job?Haymaking in the summer of 1976. Fortunately it was the year of the severe drought and the bales were really light. Name: Jonathan Stephens Firm: Wilsons Title: Managing partner Lives: Dorset Education: Sevenoaks School; London School of Economics; College of Law Work history: 1980: Qualified as a solicitor; worked in the […]

Cannes retreat brings Herbies’ international strategy into focus

Senior partner David Gold’s strategic recommendations were well received at Herbert Smith’s recent partnership retreat, with Cannes-bound partners supportive of proposals for ongoing growth. Despite an evening trip to Monte Carlo rounding off the event on 28 April, word from the firm suggests that no major losses were suffered on the blackjack table. But of […]

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Policing internet harassment is easier said than done

Should bloggers be civil in cyberspace? That is the debate raging after American internet and blog pioneer Tim O’Reilly proposed codes of conduct for bloggers and blogsites. He was prompted to do so by the experience of a journalist and friend, Kathy Sierra, who became the focus of vitriolic and even threatening comments on various […]

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