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Terms and limitation clauses: will they be effective when you need them?

In the recent case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd (BB) v Van Elle Ltd, the question before the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) was whether the sub-contract superseded any prior contractual relationship between the parties, or whether the sub-contract was subject to Van Elle’s standard terms and conditions.

Ireland – The pandemic has changed the world – or has it?

There is no doubt that as a consequence of the pandemic, the way we work and live has changed. Our attitudes, our priorities – they have all shifted slightly. They say the days of people working in the office are over, commentators speak of people moving west to work remotely, of hotels being repurposed, of the retail experience fundamentally changing. So yes, the world has changed, but the hard truth is that the pandemic cannot change the world retrospectively. Meaning, if you agreed to something in 2018 you cannot necessarily get out of the agreement because in 2020, the rug was pulled out from under all of us.

New private investment funds in Guernsey

In December 2020, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (Commission) published a consultation paper containing proposals to amend the rules in respect of Private Investment Fund (PIF) (the PIF Rules) to allow more investor categories to take advantage of an appropriately regulated fund structure.

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HFW elects Marcus Bowman as managing partner

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) partners have elected Marcus Bowman as managing partner effective 1 April, replacing George Eddings after just two years in the role. The Lawyer revealed last week that Eddings was to face a challenge to his position, at which point the firm said an election would be held in March (2 February […]

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William Fry wins Irish government tender for restructuring of AIB

William Fry has emerged as the winner of the Irish Department of Finance’s tender to appoint a legal adviser to work on the potential capital restructuring of Ireland’s investments in Allied Irish Banks (AIB). The department carried out a mini tender competition earlier this month among the members of its legal advisory panel. That was […]

No5 Chambers’ Sarah Buckingham secures conviction of historical abuse teacher

Marcus Marcussen, a 91-year-old retired teacher who worked at a Birmingham school has been found guilty of 25 counts of indecent assault on boys. A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard that pupils were abused during and after PE lessons, and at a swimming club, when Marcussen worked at the school between 1945 and 1983. The investigation […]

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