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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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Addleshaws appoints new corporate head post-Lippell

The managing partner of Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate division Sean Lippell is standing down after five years at the helm Lippell, who is due to stand down on 1 May, will focus full time on his client partner roles for J Sainsbury, Barclays Private Equity, Hagemeyer and Grampian Country Food Group, with responsibility for driving the […]

Finance deals round-up

Macfarlanes (Tom Speechley) advised NIB Capital Bank on the refinancing of Schoeller Wavin Systems Holding and its subsidiaries in connection with the simultaneous acquisition of Arca Systems International. Clifford Chance advised the Schoeller Wavin group. Mannheimer Swartling advised the vendors. Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Washington DC office (Glenn Gerstell) advised Export-Import Bank of the US and Export Development Canada on a $750m (£391.6m) facility […]

Troutman opens in New York with Jenkens coup

Atlanta’s Troutman Sanders has made a dramatic New York debut after securing the entire 91-lawyer Manhattan office of Texan firm Jenkens & Gilchrist. Atlanta’s Troutman Sanders has made a dramatic New York debut after securing the entire 91-lawyer Manhattan office of Texan firm Jenkens & Gilchrist. Jenkens acquired the office just four years ago in 2001 following its […]

Freshfields underperformers in firing line

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners have voted through sweeping changes to the firm’s constitution that will make it much easier to remove underperforming partners Partners voted in favour of the changes in an email vote on 18 February following a consultation period that began last November. The magic circle firm drew up plans last year to […]

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