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By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

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The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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A Bar to practice?

The Law Society has become increasingly concerned about the restrictions imposed by the American legal system on UK solicitors who wish to practise in the US. Accordingly, it has arranged a meeting with leading members of the American Bar Association during the group’s annual meeting in August to discuss how to deal with the problems […]

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Call for Ombudsman reform

Helen Sage reports The Local Government Ombudsman would probably be found guilty of maladministration if he investigated himself, the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (Acses) has claimed. Acses president John Hartas has accused the Local Government Ombudsman of overstepping his jurisdiction in a submission which he has made to the Government’s review of the […]

Report prompts exit of Law Soc treasurer

Law Society treasurer Michael Howells has resigned after The Lawyer obtained a copy of an independent solicitor’s report to the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB) on his handling of a personal injury claim. The investigation, which was conducted by an independent solicitor because of the sensitivity of the former treasurer’s position, related to his handling of […]

Okoye race case appeal is prepared

A BARRISTER who accused her set of racial discrimination is to appeal against a county court decision to throw her case out of court. Family barrister Joy Okoye alleged that the development of her practice at Staple Inn Chambers in London had been blocked by the set’s senior clerk and several tenants. But her claims […]

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