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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 […]

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 […]

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Addleshaws finalises UK's largest university accommodation farm-out

Addleshaw Booth & Co has completed the UK’s largest higher education estate transfer in its first deal for the University Partnership Programme (UPP) launched by Jarvis.The deal with Nottingham Trent University involves the transfer of 2,326 bed spaces in eight separate halls of residence to Jarvis UPP under a 33-year lease.This is the first time […]

Deals summary

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Richard Page, Fiona Holland) advised Herald Ventures as underwriter to a £2.32m placing and open offer by Manpower Software. Manpower advised by Gouldens. Middleton Potts (David Rabagliati) advised Chinese state-owned company China National Cereals Oils & Foodstuffs Import & Export Corporation in the negotiation and conclusion of a $20m (£13.8m) […]

The AIM players

MEMERY CRYSTAL The 14-partner firm topped the billing for the second year running with a total of 34 AIM floats. Memery Crystal puts its success down to a good relationship with intermediaries. Seymour Pierce remained the predominant referrer of work from 2000-2001, although the firm also gets work from Collins Stewert. There are three corporate […]

Dentons instructed on King's Cross scheme

Denton Wilde Sapte has been selected from a group of 12 firms to advise Camden Council on the proposed 10 to 15-year redevelopment of King’s Cross Planning partner Margaret Casely-Hayford will lead the Dentons team.Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May were invited to tender but did not take part in the […]

Verner Liipfert scoops Afghanistan govt work

Washington DC-based Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand has scooped the interim government of Afghanistan as a new client The law and lobbying firm has been retained by the government to liaise with the US government over aid and investment. The firm will act on a pro bono basis.Earlier this month, President George Bush called […]

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