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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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Sinclair Roche appoints new Far East partner

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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 08/11/94

PAUL IAN ANDREWS, 41, admitted 1977, practised as Symons, Croydon, Surrey, fined u2,000 and ordered to pay u650 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client money for own purposes, failed to deliver accountants reports on time, failed to comply with solicitors investment business (SIB) rules. Andrews in his submissions to tribunal accepted he had acted “extremely […]

Bar Council sets 10% fees cap

THE BAR Council has set a cap on barristers’ conditional fees at 10 per cent even though the Lord Chancellor will allow a maximum of 100 per cent. The cap was set as part of the Bar’s draft terms of engagement for counsel. To protect the public, the Bar is also likely to propose that […]

Memorial service for Denton Hall partner

A memorial service for Denton Hall partner Andrew Nitch-Smith will be held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street at midday on Wednesday 16 November. Nitch-Smith, one of the firm’s leading litigation partners, died on 30 April this year aged 41.

UK firms soar into top 10 list

SLAUGHTER and May and Freshfields have soared into the list of the world’s top 10 law firms. Last year Slaughters had 581 fee earners and was the world’s 18th largest firm, according to International Financial Law Review. This year the publication reports that the firm has 692 and is ninth in the table. Freshfields increased […]

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