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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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London firm Vizard Oldham is launching a family law department just four months after forming out of the split of insurance litigation specialists Vizards. Vizard Oldham retained the private client work when 20 partners left to merge with insurance firm Bannisters under the name Vizards Staples & Bannisters. It is now keen to carve out […]

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Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on development of Basingstoke shopping centre Festival Place. The scheme is funded through a partnership between Equitable Life, Grosvenor Estate, Hermes and the National Provident Institution (NPI). Nichola West, property partner at Denton Hall, acted on the deal with corporate partner Charles Green and assistant Joanne Knibb. […]

Cripps Harries hires new family chief

Regional firm Cripps Harries Hall has poached a new head for its leading family law department. Michael Rowlands has moved to Cripps from fellow Kent-based firm Argles & Court. He will be charged with developing the practice, which is already regarded as one of the leaders in the South East. “There is a huge difference […]

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