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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 […]

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Spain’s past and present accountancy-tied law firms have struggled to shrug off the tough economy during 2003, with all recording scant increases in overall gross for the year. Former Andersen-tied giant Garrigues saw yearly revenue edge up by just 2.5 per cent to €164m, according to the latest figures compiled by Spanish newspaper Expansión. Ernst […]

Heller Ehrman boosts Asia with management shake-up

Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe has implemented a top-level reorganisation of its Asian practice, naming a new leader for the region. Former head of the firm’s Singapore office Richard Cassin has been appointed as regional administrative shareholder of the Asian practice while Carson Wen and Simon Luk have been named as chairs of the China […]

Bradford’s Gordons takes over Leeds firm Nelsons

Gordons, the tiny Bradford firm that recently fought for Wm Morrison Supermarkets on its £2.9bn takeover of Safeway, has completed its own major acquisition by taking on Leeds practice Nelson & Co. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (27 April), the combined firm, which will be known as Gordons, will have a total turnover of £15m […]

SJ Berwin wins battle to keep partners destined for Olswang

In a kick in the teeth to Olswang, SJ Berwin has managed to win back private equity partners Jonathan Pittal and Perry Yam, who had resigned to go to Olswang.Their final decision comes following a partnership vote on Monday night, which saw the pair promoted into SJ Berwin’s equity. This is believed to be one […]

Danone gains Axa’s general counsel

French financial services giant AXA has lost its general counsel of 13 years to food company Groupe Danone. Christianne Butte has resigned her post to join Danone as general counsel. During her 13 years at the company Butte led a well-respected corporate team at the financial services group and will be replaced by her deputy […]

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