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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 […]

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 […]

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Legal Personality of the Year: Imran Khan

Imran Khan, the solicitor who represents Neville and Doreen Lawrence, has won The Lawyer’s Legal Personality of the Year Award. Khan will be honoured at The Lawyer Awards, sponsored by NatWest Bank, tomorrow night (Tuesday). He found himself thrust into the media spotlight as, alongside Michael Mansfield QC, he fought to prove that “institutionalised racism” […]

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Tom O’Sullivan speaks to Albie Sachs, a former ANC activust who is now a judge fighting for a new South Africa At the age of 28 the young lawyer and ANC activist was imprisoned. At 31 he left South Africa. At 52 he was blown up and almost killed by the South African secret service, […]

It's too early for reform comment

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. I read with concern an article describing the civil courts as being in chaos after the implementation of the Civil Justice Reforms (The Lawyer, 7 June). As chief executive of the Court Service Agency […]

Time to curb the personal litigant

The increasing cost of litigation and the proposed draconian reforms to the UK’s legal aid system are forcing many citizens to either abandon legal action altogether, or – increasingly commonly – encouraging them to take the hazardous but rather less costly route of becoming a personal litigant. As the courts system is likely to witness […]

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