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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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THE SOLICITOR co-ordinating a multi-million pound claim for damages from asbestos fall-out has urged the council defending the case to settle out of court. Graham Ross, senior partner with the Liverpool-based Ross Park Partnership, says the deal would save Wirral Borough Council ratepayers’ money. The action by approximately 400 residents relates to fall-out which followed […]

Flawed disciplinary sparks appeal

Recent High Court judicial review proceedings over a West Country farmer who died after being shot by police marksmen were overshadowed by Princess Diana’s Panorama broadcast and Rose West’s trial. In a quieter news period, however, the case would have attracted extensive media coverage. The incident at the centre of the action occurred in 1993, […]

In brief: Last call for Apil's annual gathering

There is still time for members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers to register for its annual general meeting and spring conference at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London this Wednesday. The keynote address will be by Professor Michael Zander, professor of law at the London School of Economics, who will talk on the […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Shaun Lowde

What was your first job? Peripatetic news dissemination executive (paper-boy). What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? They asked me to pay them – shortly before I left. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Probably joined one of those obscure Californian cults which require you to give up […]

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