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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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Weightmans hires new property head

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McDermott Latin American chief joins Garrigues

Garrigues has signed up McDermott Will & Emery‘s head of the Latin American region to its New York office. M&A expert Xavier Ruiz joins the Spanish firm as a partner. Prior to working at McDermott, Ruiz worked at Baker & McKenzie.

Deutsche to ask law firms for rebates

Deutsche Bank is looking at introducing a system of rebates in a bid to slash its external legal spend The Lawyer understands that Deutsche is considering various fee structures as part of a global review of its external legal advisers, with the rebate system currently emerging as the most popular. The bank also considered the […]

Willkie Farr hit by loss of Frankfurt chief

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been hit by the loss of its Frankfurt managing partner who has quit the US firm to launch his own practice. Outsourcing star Thomas Heyman, whose clients include Deutsche Bank, is also taking European counsel Jens Ekkenga and Lars Lendorf and several associates. As first reported in German legal magazine […]

Court of Appeal sides with legal professional privilege

The Court of Appeal last week clarified the duties of solicitors in reporting money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). Lord Justices Brooke, Mance and Dyson were ruling in the case of Bowman v Fels. During the course of legal proceedings over the ownership of a house, Jennifer Bowman’s solicitors, Levine Mellins […]

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