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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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HMRC is gearing up for a crackdown on the bar as former 39 Essex Street silk Rohan Pershad QC appeared at crown court on VAT fraud charges. 18 Red Lion Court barrister Andrew Marshall, who is prosecuting Pershad for allegedly cheating the public purse out of £600,000 in VAT, said he had a “series” of […]

Names, trains and first-class deals

The Department for Transport (DfT) seemed to know it would be on the receiving end of a legal challenge when it awarded the West Coast Main Line contract to First Group, a deal that gifted roles to Ashurst, Burges Salmon, Eversheds and Herbert Smith. Monckton Chambers’ Michael Bowsher QC was on standby last week awaiting […]

No bar on growth as chambers trumpet successful year

If adversity precedes growth, as the saying goes, then the bar has embraced the challenges of the recession as well as any in the legal sector. This week The Lawyer has counted the beans at some of the top chambers and found many are reporting healthy turnover increases. Increased competition work, direct access and diversification […]

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Dyson to fill Neuberger’s shoes as Master of the Rolls

The Master of the Rolls (MR) Lord Neuberger is to be succeeded in the role by Supreme Court Justice Dyson when the former is elevated to Supreme Court president next month. The judicial shake-up comes two and half years after Dyson SCJ took up his position on the Supreme Court bench, overseeing some of the […]

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BSB criticised as barrister cleared of misconduct

A tribunal verdict that a legal disciplinary practice (LDP) barrister conducted litigation in breach of the bar’s codes has been overturned. Portia O’Connor was the first barrister to become a partner in an LDP when she set up Pegasus Legal in 2010. But a Bar Standards Board (BSB) disciplinary tribunal convicted her of professional misconduct […]

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