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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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Comedian Alan Carr has clearly had enough of his much trusted Sunday Night Project comrade Justin Lee Collins and ditched his hairy West Country friend for the considerably more respectable lawyer Kate Wild. He and Wild have joined Pannone as personal injury partners, with Carr assuming the identity of Craig Oliver. On The Sunday Night […]

CMS Cameron McKenna to pilot Russia merger

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Davenport Lyons wins Savile Row suits row

Davenport Lyons won a favourable decision from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for its client, Bond Street suit maker Sartoriani, allowing it to advertise its suits as “bespoke” even though they have not been made on Savile Row. Unlike Savile Row suits, Sartoriani’s suits are not made entirely by hand but are cut by machine. […]

Couchman and Onside seal Twenty20 cricket deal

Sport boutiques Couchman Harrington Associates (CHA) and Onside Law have finalised a deal that will see a new Twenty20 cricket tournament in England funded by Texas billionaire Sir Allen Stanford. The entrepreneur and financier, who flew into Lord’s cricket ground to announce the deal in a helicopter carrying West Indies cricketing legends Sir Vivian Richards, […]

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