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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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Quote of the week

“How would we entertain the head of the American judiciary when he came over?” – One law lord’s disgust at the “absurd” prospect of moving from the House of Lords to that “office block”, Millbank Tower.

…and readies for Deringer merger

FRESHFIELDS is preparing to merge with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund before 1 May next year. Few major obstacles stand in the way as the terms of the merger were signed at the time the alliance was set up last May and they already share offices on the Continent. The move will lead […]

The Firm

Minutes of a meeting between Jack Pratchard, senior partner and Tom Henderson, managing partner of The Firm. Pratchard: It is simply intolerable that that big buffoon Sayer has been elected to lead the profession. Did you see that he called David Keating “a pillock” and said he was like “dog shit on his shoe”. Disgraceful. […]

Brewers battle over beer tie

Brewer Ushers of Trowbridge is taking rival the Glamorgan Beer Co to court for allegedly supplying drinks to its pubs. Ushers will seek a court order banning Glamorgan from unlawfully interfering with contracts made with the tenants of its pubs. The company, represented by Milton Keynes-based Kimbell & Co, which recently filed the High Court […]

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