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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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Old Square celebrates landmark ECJ ruling

Old Square Chambers played a high-profile role in the key equal pay case initially brought by Bernadette Cadman that was decided by Europe’s highest court yesterday (3 October). The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that additional years of service – in this instance, of a male employee who did not take time off to […]

CC transfers 300 jobs to India in £30m cost-cutting drive

Clifford Chance is set to move 300 jobs to India as it targets more cost-savings of up to £30m. The magic circle firm is looking to launch a shared service centre in Delhi which will comprise part of the global finance and IT support function. Accordingly, the firm is about to enter consultation with its […]

Freshfields loses partner to Norton Rose’s Paris offensive

Norton Rose has made its fifth French partner hire in two months, appointing Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer aviation specialist Glenn Matheson. Matheson joins Norton Rose’s Paris office today (2 October) after 12 years as a partner at Freshfields. He will work with Norton Rose’s French banking team and is the firm’s 24th Paris-based partner. The hire […]

Slaughters makes PEP global top 10

The top 10 most profitable firms in the world all have an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of more than $2m (£1.14m). And only one UK firm is in that list: Slaughter and May. Slaughters is now the eighth most profitable firm in the world, up one place from the previous year. However, Linklaters […]

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