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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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In brief: Walker-Arnott re-elected at Herbert Smith

Edward Walker-Arnott has been re-elected senior partner of Herbert Smith in an uncontested election. First appointed senior partner in May 1992, he will remain in the post until April 2000. “It is a great honour to be able to lead Herbert Smith into the new millennium,” he said. “We are excellently placed to take advantage […]

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Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 I see that the beatings about pro bono work are going to continue until morale improves (The Lawyer, 21 July). Contrary to your frequent editorials, can I point out that the Law Society is totally supportive of moves to encourage […]

A case for reform

Public defenders could save money and improve the system, argues Mike Dailly. Mike Dailly is a solicitor and editor of SCOLAG, the Scottish Legal Action Group journal. Expenditure on criminal legal aid per capita in the UK is among the highest in the world. How long can this continue? The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) […]

Tax case reporting takes to the Net

Elizabeth Davidson reports THE SPECIALIST tax set Gray’s Inn Chambers has launched a case reporting service on the internet. The Tax Case Reporting Service, launched by the chambers on 15 July, will make the results of some tax cases available within half an hour of a decision being reached. Initially it will only include details […]

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