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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 […]

How the courts are interpreting long-term maintenance contracts

By Ian Yule The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) may be past its peak, but various cases have come to court in the past few years involving long-term maintenance contracts, including PFIs. Three cases in particular are worth noting. They have featured issues such as whether terms should be implied about co-operation, how good faith clauses […]

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DLA has been appointed to act for KPMG in the liquidation of the international engineering group TransTec. The company has 28 subsidiaries, 16 of which are still active, but so far only the holding company, TransTec, is going into liquidation. Partners Myles Halley and Richard Hassall are acting on behalf of KPMG and Jeremy Bowden […]

The debt holy grail

Ironic, isn’t it? For five years Weil Gotshal & Manges argued that it was a credible City alternative to the finance duopoly of Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance. It made inroads when it advised Barclays on the Kappa buyout 18 months ago, but its role for Chase Manhattan and Barclays on the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) […]

Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn is leaving his post as general counsel at GE Capital and taking his little black book with him. Dearbail Jordan talks to him about his move to US firm Latham & Watkins Kevin Dunn, European general counsel at GE Capital and soon to be US firm Latham & Watkins’ new acquisition finance partner, […]

KLegal in New Zealand faces fight over name

The New Zealand branch of KLegal is facing a court battle next month over its name. Called KPMG Legal, the practice is under fire from the New Zealand District Law Society ethics committee which rejected its name in June. The society says that the name implies it is a division of the global accounting firm […]

Oppenhoffs in Berlin split

US firm Hogan & Hartson is poised to open in Berlin after ongoing discussions with a group of Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers. The group – thought to include at least 10 partners – is splitting from the firm following the merger with Linklaters & Alliance. The team is led by media and telecoms partner Christo-ph […]

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