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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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