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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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Devolution opportunity for lawyers

A DEVON firm has introduced uniforms for all female staff apart from legal executives and solicitors. Peter Reade, the managing partner at Kitsons, in Newton Abbot, said the uniforms were introduced for secretaries and support staff because “banks and building societies have found that the public prefer the person from whom they are seeking advice […]

Praise for LHCs

The benefits of Local Housing Companies (LHCs) still outweigh the alternatives, according to local government specialist Simon Randall. Randall, a partner at Lawrence Graham, said LHCs provide the perfect vehicle to regenerate urban housing under the Labour government’s planned £5bn release of unspent cash from homes sold under the right to buy scheme. The Government […]

Sussex to appeal for right to decide on home tuition

East Sussex County Council is to appeal against a High Court decision that has prevented cash-strapped local authorities from cutting an estimated 150,000 children’s home tuition. In April Mr Justice Keene ruled that the council’s need to make budget savings could not be taken into account in deciding to cut 15-year-old Beth Tandy’s home tuition […]

Advice on Asia

Ex-Freshfields Bangkok lawyer David Took has set up an independent consultancy for projects in South East Asia. Took, who qualified in Australia, is still working for Freshfields on privatisation and infrastructure projects. The Australian-qualified lawyer is looking to attract business from law firms and corporate counsel in all types of infrastructure projects.

Eagle Star looks in-house to cut legal bills up North

Insurance giant Eagle Star is considering opening an in-house insurance litigation team in Manchester to cut its legal bills in the north west. The company, which is a major supplier of legal work to firms in the region, says the move has been prompted by concerns over its “claims and litigation costs” in the area. […]

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