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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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The best players in England

Gulshanah Choudhuri and Claire Collins asked leading solicitors which barristers they rated in a range of specialist fields. Insolvency At 13 Old Square David Oliver QC (below right) is “very user-friendly, a good advocate and very approachable”, while Carolyn Walton (below) turns work around “very quickly and is a good draftsperson”. At 3/4 South Square […]

Lawyers at play

Law Society office-holders enjoyed wielding the axe over 48 Society committees this week. Although they have promised to radically streamline the society, it looks as though they are still some way from achieving a truly modern paperless organisation.

It has been a good week for:

Richard Pearce, head of services to the profession at the Law Society, who was acquitted of stalking a female commuter on a train. Pearce admitted that he had misread the signals from the middle-aged secretary. He thought he was getting the come-on, while she thought he was doing “disgusting things” under the newspaper on his […]

Oxford's football chief succeeds in libel action

Managing director of Oxford United Football Club, solicitor Keith Cox, has accepted “substantial” but undisclosed libel damages in the High Court over allegations in the local press that he had deceived or misled fans. Cox, a partner at Cox Clitheroe, also received a public apology over the article, which appeared on the back page of […]

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