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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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McGrigors swaps Manchester office

McGrigors has moved into new offices in Manchester after launching in the city in January. The new premises, at Pinnacle Building on King Street, are part of McGrigors’ efforts to reposition itself as a UK national firm. McGrigors’ Manchester team includes six fee-earners, led by partners Nick Ogden and Peter Blackmore, with the firm hoping […]

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Martineau Johnson re-brands as ‘Martineau’

Martineau Johnson has rebranded itself as ‘Martineau,’ dropping the ‘Johnson‘ from its name. The firm has also replaced its logo, formerly the interlocking letters “M” and “J”, with three vertical lines “to represent the firm’s new core values: integrity, inspiration and innovation,” managing partner Bill Barker said. Barker continued: “We listened to our clients, the […]

Trio picks up buyout of Partnership

Clyde & Co, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have been instructed in the private equity buyout of retirement solutions company Partnership. Freshfields corporate partner Adrian Maguire advised the buyer, Cinven, in a deal worth €200m (£157.78m). Clyde & Co represented the seller, Phoenix Equity Partners, through corporate partner Gary Thorpe. The PA management instructed […]

Bad review prompts SFO to create GC-style role

The Serious Fraud Office is to create a general counsel-style role in response to a scathing review that branded the organisation as lacking clarity, focus and management. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to create a general counsel-style role in response to a scathing review that branded the organisation as lacking clarity, focus and management. […]

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