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Interrogatories – questions and answers time

Both legal practitioners and the general public alike are very much aware that litigation can be a time consuming and costly exercise, particularly in light of the lengthy delays for the hearing of trials and the subsequent length of time many trials run for. One particular tool favoured by the courts as a way to […]

No novation is not ideal

In M Hart Construction Ltd & Anor v Ideal Response Group Ltd [2018] the court refused to enforce two adjudicators’ decisions on the basis that there was no contract between the parties. There had not been an effective novation from an original contracting party.  The adjudicators therefore did not have jurisdiction to determine the disputes. Another […]

Trade associations call for company voluntary arrangement reforms

Reforms are needed to the current company voluntary arrangement (CVA) process, according to both R3 and the British Property Federation (BPF). R3 (the trade association for the UK’s insolvency, restructuring, advisory, and turnaround professionals) has published a research report recommending a number of reforms to improve the effectiveness and reputation of CVAs. These include: Capping […]

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It has been a bad week for…

David Keating, who must be feeling pretty rejected after being trounced in the Law Society elections, having already unsuccessfully stood for office twice before. Nevertheless, he has already announced his plan to stand again in next year’s elections. The charity, Cancer Research, whose collection box in a High Court robing room was swiped by an […]

New report is a drag for tobacco business

Roger Pearson reports on tobacco giants’ fight to suppress a government report which could curb the advertising of tobacco. British American Tobacco, Gallagher, Imperial and Rothman’s have won the right to seek judicial review of a government report calling for wider curbs on tobacco advertising and smoking in public. The tobacco companies claim the Scientific […]

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