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Interrogatories – questions and answers time

Both legal practitioners and the general public alike are very much aware that litigation can be a time consuming and costly exercise, particularly in light of the lengthy delays for the hearing of trials and the subsequent length of time many trials run for. One particular tool favoured by the courts as a way to […]

No novation is not ideal

In M Hart Construction Ltd & Anor v Ideal Response Group Ltd [2018] the court refused to enforce two adjudicators’ decisions on the basis that there was no contract between the parties. There had not been an effective novation from an original contracting party.  The adjudicators therefore did not have jurisdiction to determine the disputes. Another […]

Trade associations call for company voluntary arrangement reforms

Reforms are needed to the current company voluntary arrangement (CVA) process, according to both R3 and the British Property Federation (BPF). R3 (the trade association for the UK’s insolvency, restructuring, advisory, and turnaround professionals) has published a research report recommending a number of reforms to improve the effectiveness and reputation of CVAs. These include: Capping […]

How the courts are interpreting long-term maintenance contracts

By Ian Yule The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) may be past its peak, but various cases have come to court in the past few years involving long-term maintenance contracts, including PFIs. Three cases in particular are worth noting. They have featured issues such as whether terms should be implied about co-operation, how good faith clauses […]

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Bar hauls up Inns over equal opportunities code

THE INNS of Court have failed to show a 100 per cent commitment to equal opportunities, according to senior Bar Council members. The council is set to pull the Inns into line with its own code of equal opportunity practice following a vote at the Bar’s AGM. Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn and Middle Temple rejected […]

Unison sues successfully for social worker

Northumberland County Council has been successfully sued in the High Court by senior social worker John Walker. Unison solicitors, acting for Walker, claimed that an impossible workload, lack of staff and refusals to provide back-up by the council led to a stress-induced nervous breakdown. The High Court ruled the council was liable to damages for […]

EU considers limits on fund investment

The European Union is considering a draft communication on the movement of funds and investment services. This would declare illegal certain national restrictions limiting pension fund investment overwhelmingly to local bonds and managers.

EC RENTAL DIRECTIVES

For people in the film and television industry a sense of concern is growing over the potential impact of the EC Directives on Copyright Term and Rental Rights. Both directives are set to change the complexion of the industry in substantial ways, with the Copyright Term Directive not only extending the period of protection for […]

Barrister slams 'mean' tariffs

BARRISTER Robert Latham has called on the Home Secretary to drop his plans for a criminal injuries tariff system and restore the old system of compensation. Speaking at last week’s annual Victim Support meeting, Latham, head of chambers at 1 Pump Court, said that the new system was “mean” and “unfair”, and had been “introduced […]

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