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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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Australia’s second-largest firm Minter Ellison has appointed the former national managing partner and chief executive officer of KPMG Australia Brian Jamieson as Melbourne managing partner. This is Jamieson’s first move into the legal profession after 40 years in accountancy. He was originally the managing partner of Touche Ross Australia, leading it through its merger with […]

WIPO rejigs patent application process

THE GENERAL Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has streamlined and simplified the international patent application filing system as operated under its Patent Cooperation Treaty. Delegates agreed to integrate two key processes, namely an international search looking for existing patents that might throw doubt on the uniqueness of an invention, and an examination […]

Paes de Almeida and J Henriques da Silva expand with Lisbon deal

Lisbon-based firm Paes de Almeida Corrêa de Sampaio & Associados has merged with the Law Office of J Henriques da Silva, also based in the Portuguese capital. The new firm will be a five-partner outfit known as Henriques da Silva Paes de Almeida Corrêa de Sampaio & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, but will operate under […]

Kvaerner merger sees legal director head off to Dorsey

Jan Greve, former legal director at Norwegian construction company Kvaerner, has joined the London office of Dorsey & Whitney. Greve has taken his first plunge into private practice after Kvaerner moved its headquarters from London back to Oslo following its January merger with Aker. Aker Kvaerner, which recently cut 1,000 jobs, has retained no central […]

Maples Teesdale

With private client gone, expansion is on the cards for Maples Teesdale Holborn-based Maples Teesdale lost its three-partner private client team earlier this year to Lee & Pembertons (The Lawyer, 15 July). Ian Lane, Joan Rees and Sally Wilkins moved to the Victoria-based firm with consultant Michael Lang and three legal executives. With another partner […]

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