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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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Lawyers jailed for passport scam

TWO lawyers have been jailed for running a sophisticated passport racket giving Hong Kong Chinese a new life in the West. Barrister Paul Samrai and solicitor James Walker charged u40,000 a time for forging documents that “proved” their customers were entitled to British citizenship. At Southwark Crown Court, Judge Gerald Butler QC jailed each of […]

Students lobby for return of magazine

THE LAW Society’s weekly publication, The Gazette, could resume distribution among student members if representations put to the society this month succeed. Students have not received the magazine for the past three years after budget cuts at Chancery Lane. But a submission by the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) will go before the society’s strategy committee […]

CICs scheme ruling

The Home Secretary has been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords in the wake of a Court of Appeal ruling in favour of a trade union challenge to a High Court rejection of its bid to block the Government’s new Criminal Injury Compensation tariff scheme. Judgment had been reserved in the appeal […]

Kirklees solicitor fills Lewisham top job

LEWISHAM Borough Council has appointed former Kirklees solicitor Judith Barnes as head of legal services. Barnes has been brought to London from her position as assistant head to fill the post which was empty for more than two years. Hired to lead the Direct Service Organisation (DSO) in future bidding against the private sector, Barnes […]

Lexmark launch

Lexmark International has launched a new family of external network adaptors. The MarkNet XLe series lets users connect printers and plotters directly to single and multi-protocol local area networks.

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