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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 […]

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Some lawyers went to the International Motor Show in Birmingham to look at the cars. Others, such as Amery-Parkes client services partner David Faithful, went dressed as a judge to drum up work. The firm came up with the slogan “Amery-Parkes – judge for yourself”. Come back Jeremy Clarkson – all is forgiven.

Railtrack watchman returns to the Bar

Rail regulator John Swift QC is leaving his controversial post to return to his former set as head of chambers. Swift, who was head-hunted for the five year tenure as rail regulator, will take up his new post at Monckton Chambers in January. Monckton Chambers is a premier European Union and competition law set with […]

UK firms look to win spoils as Big Six Spanish practice splits

SPAIN’S sixth-largest firm, Mullerat & Roca, is to break up, paving the way for one faction to merge with a UK firm. The firm’s head office in Barcelona has split into two camps, each led by one of its joint senior partners, Ramon Mullerat and Sebastian Roca. The Mullerat camp is seeking an international merger […]

Heaven knows he's miserable now

Young pop hopefuls must get early legal advice or face the bitter and costly courtroom fate of The Smiths, writes Roger Pearson. The value of getting early legal advice in business arrangements was illustrated in Joyce v Morrissey & ors, the recent Court of Appeal case involving ex-members of 1980s pop icons, The Smiths. A […]

OSS plots £300 complaints penalty for law firms

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) has drawn up a controversial plan to fine law firms £300 if their internal complaints handling procedures are not up to scratch when they receive a client complaint. The plan, which has been put before the Law Society’s policy committee, would make firms whose clients have complained […]

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