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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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Izod & Co advised property company European Settled Estates on its purchase of 20 properties from the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society. Le Brasseur J Tickle advised the Friendly Society, while the Brough Skerrett Law Partnership acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland on funding the purchaser.

Cleaning up the profession

Reading the front page of last week’s The Lawyer, with what may be seen as five negative stories on one page – including headlines with words such as “fiasco”, “conman”, and reports of magistrates being forced to admit membership of the freemasons, as well as a barrister facing a disciplinary hearing – lawyers may be […]

Focus on fax

Hexar, a supplier of network fax and messaging systems, is holding a “Future of the fax in the legal profession” seminar. The free event, aimed at telecommunication managers, IT managers and senior partners, will look at the impact of computer technology on fax systems. Speakers will include Mike Shore, telecommunications manager at Herbert Smith and […]

In brief: Practising certificates released in Welsh

The Law Society has launched Welsh language practising certificates. Society president Tony Girling presented the certificates – Tystysgrif Ymarfer – to Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos and MP Elfyn Llwyd at a function last week. The establishment of the certificates follows a recommendation by the Society’s Welsh Language Working Party.

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