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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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US lawyers have a reputation for being more business-minded than their UK coun- terparts, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in the role of the in-house legal adviser. While many UK companies are only just coming around to the idea that employing internal counsel is a good way of cutting costs, for years, US […]

Lawyers issue warning on Asylum Act

Immigration lawyers are warning that Government plans to create a new offence of employing people who do not have permission to work in the UK may mean employers will fall foul of the Race Relations Act. Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act will be brought into force on the 27 January 1997, despite […]

In brief: Halliwell Landau lands environment work

Manchester firm Halliwell Landau has won a formal tender to handle The Environment Agency’s conveyancing work in the North West. Partner Geoff Marks said the selection process was “extremely thorough”. A spokesperson for the Environment Agency in the North West said this was the first time that work had been put out to tender in […]

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