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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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In brief: Nicholson Graham & Jones

Nicholson Graham & Jones has helped Frank Warren settle another dispute without going to the courts. A dispute between Warren and WBC World Super-Middleweight Champion Richie Woodhall was settled in two days with the Centre for Dispute Resolution acting as mediator. Richard Cramer of specialist sports solicitors McCormicks in Leeds represented Woodhall.

In brief: Cloisters Chambers

Cloisters Chambers has appointed its first chambers director following an internal shake-up. Freelance management consultant Vanessa Peters joined Cloisters last week. Peters, a former solicitor, practiced in the areas of administrative law, crime and general civil litigation. Leading property set Falcon Chambers is also looking to appoint a chambers director and is offering a salary […]

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Mardi Gras bomber Edgar Pearce was finally convicted. Chiswick resident Pearce, who was described during the trial as posing a threat comparable to the IRA, planted home-made bombs as part of a motiveless series of offences, including blackmail, causing an explosion, possession of firearms and unlawful wounding.

Frank Ilett and Bruno Augustin discuss the Competition Act

Frank Ilett and Bruno Augustin are both members of Ernst & Young’s Litigation Support Services Group. Imagine that you run the only petrol station on a remote island off Scotland, with a captive market of motorists who cannot easily obtain their fuel anywhere else. If you are charging higher prices than mainland suppliers, you may […]

Legal chief quits Pearson as media giant eyes US market

Pearson, the international media giant, has parted company with its head of legal as it refocuses its operation towards the US. Group legal director and company secretary Paul Vickers has already left the company but a replacement has yet to be found. Pearson is now looking to recruit a US-qualified lawyer to replace Vickers as […]

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