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Adjudication Matters – June 2019

The Slip Rule – the “gateway” for consequential corrections to an adjudicator’s decision? Introduction In the recent judgment of Axis M&E UK Ltd v Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd [2019] EWHC 169 (TCC), the Technology & Construction Court considered for the first time whether consequential corrections are permitted under the statutory slip rule in the context of adjudication. […]

BIC v Burgess: pension increases were not validly introduced

By Suzanne Burrell, Jenny Farrell The Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court decision in Burgess v BIC, finding that increases to pensions in payment had not been validly introduced. We commented on the High Court decision in our update last year. Background The inflation-linked annual increases had been introduced following a trustee meeting in 1991 […]

Brewers – what’s in a name?

By Jo Pritchard More than a year after its initial launch, a Welsh brewery, formerly named LOKA POLLY, has been forced to rebrand following a complaint raised by a Swedish multinational conglomerate over the use of the LOKA POLLY name. This kind of dispute and rebranding experienced by the now-named Polly’s Brew Co is unfortunately […]

NI employers remain liable for higher holiday pay costs

By Leeanne Armstrong In a landmark ruling the Court of Appeal (CA) yesterday upheld an Industrial Tribunal (IT) decision that police officers and civilian staff are owed substantial back pay in respect of underpaid holiday pay. (Alexander Agnew & Others v Chief Constable for the Police Service of Northern Ireland & Others [2019] NICA 32) The original decision […]

New rules for enforced works

Decree-Law no. 66/2019 of 21 May was published recently to amend the rules on summonses to execute maintenance, rehabilitation or demolition works, and on their enforced execution. This legislation is part of the wider strategy of the New Generation of Housing Policies (NGPH), approved by Resolution of the Council of Ministers in May 2018. In accordance with the […]

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Maitland Chambers – UK 100

Turnover: £21m Heads of chambers: Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC and Charles Aldous QC. Total tenants (silks): 43 (10) Door tenants: Six Chambers contributions: 18 per cent Revenue per barrister: £488,000 Top cases last year: National Westminster Bank v Spectrum Plus Ltd (in creditors voluntary liquidation); Roland Brandwood & Ors v Bakewell Management Ltd; Nicholas van Hoogstraten; […]

De Brauw undergoes sweeping shake-up of management team

Leading Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has restructured its management function to bring it in line with common practice in the UK and US. A new position of chief operating officer (COO) has been created, which will be filled by corporate litigation partner Barbara van Duren-Kloppert. The review has also seen the election of […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs – UK 100

Turnover: £81.8m Profit per equity partner: £240,000 Equity spread: £150,000-£300,000 Net profit: £16.8m Profit margin: 21 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £80,000 Revenue per lawyer: £130,000 Revenue per partner: £615,000 Revenue per equity partner: £1,169,000 Cost per lawyer: £103,000 Profit per lawyer: £27,000 No of partners: 133 No of equity partners: 70 No of female […]

Robert Muckle corporate partner joins Eversheds

Muckle corporate partner joins Eversheds” />Eversheds has lured corporate partner Alan Fletcher (left) from Newcastle’s Robert Muckle. Fletcher is dual-qualified in Scottish and English law and qualified as a chartered accountant prior to his time as a lawyer, training with Arthur Andersen in Scotland and then working for Ernst & Young in Newcastle. Fletcher is […]

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