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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 […]

Pimlico Plumbers – contract matters and the ‘gig’ economy

By Alex Mellis The ‘gig’ economy cases, scattered throughout the different tiers of varying jurisdictions of courts and tribunals, excite much interest when the latest decision is published and flashed across the media. The recent decision of the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers & Anor v Smith, handed down on 13 June 2018, will be no […]

Ukraine: new corporate law governing LLCs

The new law “On Limited and Additional Liability Companies” No. 2275-VIII has come into effect, with the exception of some specific provisions related to inheritance that take effect on 17 June 2019. The law introduces fundamental changes to the rules that apply to the operation of companies with limited and additional liability, grants their participants […]

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Nuclear Testing. Return to confront an explosive issue

When President Chirac of France announced on 13 June 1995 that he would authorise a final series of eight nuclear weapon tests in the South Pacific starting in September 1995 he can hardly have imagined the various international legal initiatives that would be set in motion by his actions. South Pacific residents in French territories […]

Russell Jones snaps up headline cases

RUSSELL Jones & Walker hit the news this week with two high-profile and unusual cases that could make legal history. Senior partner John Webber is acting for sacked Prison Service director Derek Lewis in his action for wrongful dismissal against Home Secretary Michael Howard. Although acting for Lewis, the firm is instructed by the Association […]

Mixed results in court campaigns

COURTS campaigners received good and bad news this week. Lawyers in Rugby managed to save their threatened local County Court, but colleagues in York suffered rescheduled criminal hearings because of the lack of Crown Court judges. Rugby lawyers are celebrating after winning a reprieve over Court Service Agency (CSA) plans to shut the County Court […]

Moving the goalposts

Managing the annual financial accounts is a redundant exercise. Financial accounts are a snapshot of past performance and you can’t manage business on this basis. Managing information is the key to success. Financial goals are necessary over a relevant future period, say three years, and partners’ support in achieving those goals. Budgets are short term, […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Smith

Richard Smith has headed the property department of Nicholson Graham & Jones for six years and remains head of property at the enlarged firm following its recent amalgamation with Brecher & Co. Born in 1952 in Surrey, he now lives in Teddington, Middlesex. What was your first job? Washing my father’s car for sixpence. What […]

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