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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 […]

Tech industry faces data security crisis as global protectionism grows

Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by Gowling WLG. According to the report, some of the world’s most successful technology economies, including Finland, Sweden, Korea, The Netherlands, UK and Canada, are susceptible to protectionist policies. All but the USA […]

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In brief: Top job open for review commission

Advertising has begun for the post of chair for the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the new body set up by the Government to consider alleged miscarriages of justice. The commission will take over the functions of the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, investigating possible miscarriages in criminal cases and referring […]

City firms set their sights on advocacy

CITY firms are gearing themselves up to take on the Bar in the higher courts. That was the conclusion drawn by Young Solicitors Group chair Lucy Winskell after an open meeting to encourage more solicitors to apply for rights of audience. She said around one third of the audience at the meeting at Chancery Lane […]

Group actions finally face up to the winds of change

The past few months have seen a variety of often contradictory proposals about changing group actions to make them more cost effective. The main suggestions come from the Lord Chancellor’s Green Paper, Legal Aid – Targeting Need, Lord Woolf’s proposals, and the report by the working party of the Law Society examining group actions. Lord […]

Fighting over the name game

Most litigation involves navigating turbulent waters. But those waters are seldom more turbulent than in a current ‘what’s-in-a-name’ battle which promises to establish precedents in trademark law. When the case recently reached court and an interlocutory judgment was given for a pending High Court battle between two leading opinion poll organisations, Mr Justice Robert Walker […]

Consenting to the scalpel

Roger Pearson A RECENT out-of-court settlement, rumoured to be five figures, has prompted renewed calls from pressure groups for the law regarding medical treatment to be tightened up. Frances Henton went into hospital for the removal of an ovarian cyst and came to after the operation to find she had undergone an abdominal hysterectomy to […]

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