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The Berwin Leighton Paisner engineering, construction and procurement group give their views on current developments and share their practical experience.

Archive for May, 2011

Should companies have passports?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Sean Austin, senior associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner:

How do you verify the identity of an overseas company, whether it has power to enter into the contract and who is authorised to act on its behalf? Does it matter if you don’t know the difference between a Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung and an Aktiengesellschaft?

Individuals travelling overseas with any frequency are used to having to prove their identity by the presentation of a passport, but there is no equivalent proof of identity available to companies. (more…)

Increasing uptake of early neutral evaluation (ENE)

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Alexandra Clough, associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP:

Although early neutral evaluation (ENE) in the TCC got off to a slow start, interest in it seems to be increasing. Recently, we have found that more clients are considering ENE as a dispute resolution method and as an alternative, or as an add on, to more traditional methods such as mediation. (more…)