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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 […]

Ukraine: new corporate law governing LLCs

The new law “On Limited and Additional Liability Companies” No. 2275-VIII has come into effect, with the exception of some specific provisions related to inheritance that take effect on 17 June 2019. The law introduces fundamental changes to the rules that apply to the operation of companies with limited and additional liability, grants their participants […]

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London lawyers score big in Lovells promotions

Lovells has announced the appointment of 15 lawyers to the partnership, with over half hailing from the London office. The promotions, announced yesterday, were evenly spread across practice groups, with the appointment of three partners from dispute resolution, two from corporate and two from banking. In London nine lawyers were admitted to the partnership. Beijing, […]

Bingham rues loss of 11-lawyer real estate team

Bingham McCutchen’s New York office has been hit with the loss of an 11-lawyer real estate team to Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. The group, including five partners, is made up of lawyers from Richard & O’Neil, which merged with Bingham Dana (prior to its link-up with McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen) in 2001. Meanwhile, […]

Gloster QC is first female Commercial Court judge

Elizabeth Gloster QC, the highest-earning female barrister who was set to rake in £2m in 2004, has been appointed the first female judge of the Commercial Court, which deals with the UK’s biggest cases. Only Lord Grabiner QC and Gordon Pollock QC, the bar’s biggest earners with each bringing in £3m a year, earn more […]

Publicis gains UK legal function with Harbottle hire

French advertising giant Publicis Group has launched a UK legal function with the appointment of Elizabeth Kiernan as its first UK legal head. Kiernan joined the company from Harbottle & Lewis, where she specialised in advertising and media work.As first reported in The Lawyer (17 November), Publicis has been looking to create a legal post […]

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