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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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Firm profile: Margaret Bennett Solicitors

Margaret Bennett Solicitors can lay claim to being something of an anomaly. In fact, all the lawyers at the family law specialist are women. The London firm has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 1990 by Margaret Bennett, the eponymous senior partner and sole member of the equity. After leaving the […]

Herbert Smith Brussels gets new managing partner

Herbert Smith has appointed Craig Pouncey as the new managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office. Pouncey, a competition law specialist is taking over from Stephen Kinsella who has been managing partner since 1994. Pouncey’s practice encompasses market investigations, litigation, as well as complex merger clearances, including acting for Carnival Corporation on the European Commission’s […]

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RFU scoops Farrer’s head of sport as new legal chief

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has taken Farrer & Co‘s top sports lawyer to be its new head of legal.Karena Vleck will be replaced as head of the sports group at Farrer by senior partner Robert Clinton. Vleck will be head of legal and company secretary at the RFU. Clinton is an active member of […]

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