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By Gwendoline Davies, James Crayton Gwendoline Davies, Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, and James Crayton, a partner in the Commercial Contracts Team, offer practical advice arising from the recent case of Volumatic v Ideas for Life [1], which highlights the risks of doing business in the absence of a concluded contract. Why is this case of interest? […]

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By David Asker The Government is holding a consultation covering additional legal support for those facing eviction or repossession. Currently, the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) offers free advice on the day to anyone at risk of eviction or repossession, this service is not means tested and is therefore available to anyone who finds themselves […]

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Veale Wasbrough has lured a top property investment lawyer from Burges Salmon. Stuart King, formerly head of Burges Salmon’s property finance unit, will join the property services team, which the firm says has handled transactions worth more than £1bn over the past 12 months. He says his move is in part due to the different […]

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