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By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

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The named partner of Italian firm Giambrone Law, Gabriele Giambrone, is fighting the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) over the decision to remove him from the SRA’s register of European lawyers. Giambrone was removed from the roll in February after the SDT found he had breached the professional code of conduct and accounts rules, with the […]

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