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Following the merger of two legal firms using two separate systems, Advanced software provided the best-fit solution: a Cloud service with high levels of security, a modern infrastructure and lower running costs. Attwaters Jameson Hill serves private clients and commercial organisations across Essex, Hertfordshire and outer London; across four offices, with 70-plus fee earners. We […]

High Court rejects customer’s ‘unfair relationship’ claim

By James Taylor In the recent case of Promontoria (Henrico) Ltd v Gurcharn Samra, the High Court has rejected unfair relationship allegations made by a customer against its bank and distressed debt creditor. James Taylor, who acted in the case on behalf of the creditor, highlights key takeaways for lenders. What is an ‘unfair relationship’? Section […]

Classification of contractual terms: What businesses need to know

Gwendoline Davies, Head of Dispute Resolution at Walker Morris explains why businesses need to understand the different categories of contractual terms. In light of the recent Court of Appeal case of Ark Shipping v Silverburn Shipping [1], Gwendoline clarifies the correct approach to the classification of terms, and offers practical advice for anyone involved in contract drafting […]

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Last week’s Observer Sport Monthly contained one highly important piece of nostalgia for two of the UK’s top City lawyers. Remember that day in March 1978 when, during the 124th Oxford/ Cambridge boat race, the Cambridge boat sank? “We felt we handled bad conditions well and didn’t need to alter our boat,” Cambridge president Mark […]

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