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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 […]

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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?

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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”…

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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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US attorney-generals gang up on WTO gambling ruling

Attorney-generals from 29 US states have expressed serious concerns about the impact of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) landmark ruling on internet gaming. In a letter sent last month to the US Ambassador to the WTO, the attorney-generals call for the US to take the unprecedented step of withdrawing the gaming sector from the country’s commitment to the […]

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So much for lawyers being weedy wets who preferred extra Latin at school to getting muddy on the sports field. The annual Film Industry Football Championship, contested by 32 teams at Craven Cottage last week, ended in a hard-fought, all-lawyer final, in which Davenport Lyons beat Harbottle & Lewis 2-1. Davenport Lyons film and TV […]

Clydes to merge with Beaumonts

In the biggest move to hit the shipping and insurance sector for years, Clyde & Co is merging with aviation boutique Beaumont and Son to create a £117m business. The merger will take effect from 1 July this year and will swell Clydes’ revenues by £13m. Eleven Beaumonts partners will join Clydes’ full equity and one Beaumonts partner […]

Katten Muchin launches London office

US law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has merged with niche UK hedge funds practice MW Cornish Solicitors to launch in London. The UK office will be a specialist hedge fund, money manager and financial institution practice. The new office, which will be known as Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish, will be led by hedge fund specialist […]

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