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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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In brief: Former Herbert Smith staff reunited

Claire Vane, former head of human resources at Herbert Smith, now with legal recruitment agency ZMB, is being joined by her old number two at the firm, Charles Dodds. Vane and Dodds will be responsible for establishing a new offshoot at the agency which will specialise in recruiting non-legal staff for law firms in areas […]

High Court swings to rock 'n' roll actions

Even if they have little interest in the music, it seems High Court judges can keep up-to-date with pop’s trends by the litigation coming before them. After a recent hearing before Mr Justice Rattee, counsel Gregory Banner revealed the all-out royalties battle between members of chart-topping group Oasis and their ex-drummer Anthony McCarroll is still […]

Teething troubles expected as City switches to Crest dealing

The introduction of the Crest electronic share dealing system in the City this week is awaited anxiously by lawyers who will have to deal with a plethora of new paperwork. Different documentation will be needed for rights issues and takeovers to take account of the Crest system which has been developed under the auspices of […]

Challenge to criminal defences

The House of Lords is deciding whether to allow a challenge over the defences open to those charged with failure to comply with enforcement notices. The Law Lords have invited the Crown to express its views on the application in the case of R v Wicks to appeal against conviction in respect of failure to […]

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