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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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The Lawyer will no doubt be accused of lawyer-bashing yet again this week because of the damning report on the lack of pro bono work carried out by the profession (pages 12-14). No one wants to confront the truth, but the facts speak for themselves. The Lawyer’s survey of the profession’s commitment to working on […]

Stephensons lands Madrid property star

CITY FIRM Stephenson Harwood has taken on a commercial property specialist in Madrid as part of its plan to double the size of the operation within two years.Spanish lawyer Javier Ibanez comes from Ernst & Young and has particular expertise in issues relating to shopping centres.Managing partner at the Madrid office Kenneth Bonavia says Ibanez […]

White & Case hires Bakers partner

White & Case has recruited a Baker & McKenzie partner and an associate to its Hungarian practice, Reczicza Law Firm White & Case.Zsuzanna Kovacs is described as a senior Hungarian lawyer by Rob Irving, joint head of the White & Case Budapest office.Kovacs was a local partner at Baker & McKenzie and joins Reczicza as […]

Halifax

The Halifax is one of the boldest and most diverse financial services businesses, with 20 million customers and assets of u145bn. It is Britain’s largest mortgage lender and, once it takes over Birmingham Midshires Building Society next month, it will be bigger still. Growth has accelerated after a succession of dramatic changes such as the […]

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