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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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Maxwell Batley opponent Watson Wyatt slammed

Watson Wyatt, the consultancy that failed in a $70m (£45m) claim against Maxwell Batley in October, has been refused leave to appeal and ordered to pay more than £1m in costs Its own costs, which will go to Simmons & Simmons, Christopher Moger QC of 4 Pump Court and Brick Court’s Simon Salzedo, are estimated […]

Deutsche Börse star quits for Deka

Heiko Beck, general counsel and head of legal affairs, compliance and membership at Deutsche Börse, is quitting the German stock exchange to become general counsel at Deka Bank Beck, who has worked at the German stock exchange for eight years, resigned in June but stayed on to complete the integration of Clearstream. He will join […]

A Berry good party

Last week, Weil Gotshal & Manges came up with the absolutely wonderful idea of showing the new Bond movie at its press party – for which The Lawyer reporters are eternally grateful. Other than Halle Berry’s emergence from the sea, the undoubted highlight of the night was the introductory speech by a rather embarrassed Mike […]

Leigh Day builds case against UK for Mau Mau

Mau Mau veterans tortured in colonial detention camps in the 1950s could attempt to sue the UK Government for around £500m if a case to be brought by Leigh Day & Co goes ahead Leigh Day partner Martin Day was approached by the veterans and has so far taken about half a dozen statements. From […]

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