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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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In brief: White & Case partner John Riggs

White & Case partner John Riggs, the only non-French member serving on the Paris Bar Council, has been awarded the Ordre de Merite. The award is made in recognition of his career as a lawyer in France and his contribution to Franco-US relations, especially in the legal field. Riggs was elected to serve a three-year […]

Willoughbys wins race claim

Willoughby & Partners has defeated a claim of race discrimination against the firm by former fee-earning employee Jason Davis (The Lawyer last week). Davis, who is black, took the action, heard at Stratford Industrial Tribunal, because he believed he had been forced out of the firm. He says: “The decision is very bad for ethnic […]

It's been a good week for

Amateur dramatics. A group of drama students are to perform in a musical about the Derek Bentley case, Let Him Have Justice. Bentley was hanged at the age of 19 for the murder of PC Sydney Miles, after allegedly shouting “Let him have it” during a rooftop showdown, and was pardoned last year. While the […]

Will Birds' wings be clipped?

Bird & Bird turned itself into a top-notch IT firm at breathtaking speed. But now that it has plans to expand its practice internationally, this small player needs to be aware of problems lurking on the horizon. By Anne McGrath. Size isn’t everything – as the success of London firm Bird & Bird has consistently […]

Miller acts on Tandy sell

Edward Miller led the Warner Cranston corporate team advising InterTAN, the US-based international consumer electronics retailer, in the sale of its UK subsidiary, Tandy. The sale includes around 300 Tandy stores. The UK’s largest independent mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, advised by Olswang, has agreed to purchase InterTAN’s loss-making subsidiary. Miller told The Lawyer: “What […]

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