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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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Burness elicits apology from fashion retailer Zara in Harris Tweed IP dispute

Scottish firm Burness has forced retail giant Zara to apologise for misusing the Harris Tweed trademark. Earlier this year Zara’s internet trading arm ITX Fashion was selling a product on its website described, but not labelled as, a ‘Harris Tweed’ blazer. The Harris Tweed Authority (HTA) instructed Burness’ head of contentious IP practice Colin Hulme […]

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In the matter of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [LBIE] (in administration) and in the matter of the Insolvency Act 1986;(2012) UKSC 6; Supreme Court. Lord Hope (Deputy President), Lord Walker JSC, Lord Clarke JSC, Lord Dyson JSC, Lord Collins JSC. 29 February 2012 The Supreme Court considered three issues concerning the meaning and application of […]

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China’s Yingke opens New York, Hong Kong and São Paulo offices

Chinese firm Yingke has continued its global expansion with the addition of offices in New York, Hong Kong and São Paulo. Yingke has recruited New York-qualified lawyer Zoe Qiao from a New York-based financial institution to head its first US office. Qiao is supported by two other legal staff. The firm has also received approval […]

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