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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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Finnish firm enters Russia with bolt-on

Finnish firm Hannes Snellman Attorneys At Law has bolstered its northern Europe practice through a tie-up with Helsinki-rival ETL Law Offices. ETL, which has offices in Helsinki, Moscow, St Petersburg and Ukraine, will become part of Hannes Snellman, creating the largest Nordic firm operating in Russia and the CIS. The bolt-on increases Hannes Snellman by […]

Nauta boosts London in record promotion round

NautaDutilh has made up seven new partners across its offices in the Netherlands, Brussels and London, the largest number of partner appointments the Dutch firm has ever made. Nauta’s corporate, banking and finance and intellectual property groups have benefited most from the new partners, which will take its total partner number to 85 from 1 […]

DLA Piper Oslo office nets double GC haul

DLA Piper has boosted its Oslo office with the hire of two general counsel. Fredrik Lykke, general counsel at Norwegian telecoms company Telenor, joins as a corporate partner, while Hans Christian Brodtkorb joins as a partner in the real estate and construction group from NCC Construction. Brodtkorb said DLA Piper’s Oslo office would expand further […]

DLA Piper rivals transatlantic peers

DLA Piper‘s US and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) arms sneak ahead of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s (MBR&M) by profit per equity partner (PEP) among this group of transatlantic peers, which have all either completed a transatlantic merger, or are planning one. Bakers is included in the group as London is its […]

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