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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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NE Circuit head tackles pre-trial role

Judges on the North Eastern Circuit may become more active at the pre-trial stage, following the appointment of Mr Justice Hooper as the new presiding judge. Hooper is one of four presiding judges appointed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Taylor last month. He said the appointment came as a bolt out of the blue, which […]

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The multimedia, colourful part of the Internet, the World Wide Web, is slowing down. Traffic is doubling every nine months and jams are common. The reason for these blockages is simple: 90 per cent of people using the Web are trying to look at the same 50 sites out of a total of around 16 […]

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Europe is “ill-prepared” to deal with the huge expansion of international fraud which accompanied the abolition of exchange controls, the director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) George Staples told delegates at the IBA conference. However, the subsequent signing of bilateral agreements and mutual assistance treaties has boosted efforts to investigate and prosecute cross-border cases, […]

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