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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 […]

Pimlico Plumbers – contract matters and the ‘gig’ economy

By Alex Mellis The ‘gig’ economy cases, scattered throughout the different tiers of varying jurisdictions of courts and tribunals, excite much interest when the latest decision is published and flashed across the media. The recent decision of the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers & Anor v Smith, handed down on 13 June 2018, will be no […]

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Cuts in justice system are criminal

It is politically safe to hammer the lawyer but the Government should not be sold on the myth that criminal law is there for the benefit of the villain, says John Cooper. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Square and a TV scriptwriter. Apparently no one is queueing for the Faith Zone […]

An Englishman in Paris

Abigail Hansen talks to UK lawyer Daniel Walker about his experience practising law on the other side of the Channel. With his dry humour and boyish energy, Daniel Walker is anything but pompous, which makes him something of an iconoclast at the Paris bar. This 35 year-old UK lawyer originally came to Paris in 1990, […]

Bar Magic Circle poised to expand

All four magic circle chambers have now either acquired new premises that could accommodate expansion or are in the market to do so. Fountain Court is looking for extra space and One Essex Court is known to be in negotiations with the Inns for further premises. Essex Court Chambers has just acquired approximately 13,000 sq […]

Montblanc case not unique

In your article “Trademark regulations strengthened” (The Lawyer, 10 January) Dawn Osborne is quoted as suggesting that new law was being made in the Montblanc case (“In other major passing off cases the products have all been on the market…But in this one we got an interim injunction before it ever got on to the […]

Law Soc asks City lawyers for input on conflict regulations

City lawyers have for the first time been asked by the Law Society to suggest their own set of rules – before the rest of the profession is consulted. The City of London Law Society is producing draft conflict of interest rules as part of a nationwide review of regulations. Their suggestions will then be […]

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