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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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Susan Perry v Salford and Trafford Health Authority (1999) QBD (HH Judge Peter Baker) 19 August 1999 Claimant: Female, 35 years old at date of accident; 40 years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant, a 40-year-old woman, who suffered from severe learning difficulties and some degree of physical disability, was resident in a […]

Brothers row over house value

A family battle over the value of a house in Lewes, East Sussex, is threatening to block sale of the property. Now the dispute is heading for the High Court. Brothers Graham and Christopher Chaplin want to sell their late mother’s house for £230,000, but the other brother, John, argues that the property is worth […]

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