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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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Firm profile: Warner Goodman & Streat

Hampshire firm Warner Goodman & Streat recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, making it one of the longest-established South Coast practices. But longevity is allied with expansionist and forward-thinking policies. Family-friendly policies are the norm, with staff working regularly from home. Profit, while clearly important, is not the sole motive for a Warner Goodman solicitor. “We’re […]

Silk quits 3 Verulam for 3 Stone

Leading trust and property barrister Richard de Lacy QC has left 3 Verulam Buildings to join Geoffrey Vos QC’s 3 Stone Buildings. De Lacy said that he left to join a more chancery-focused set. “A person with a chancery practice needs to be with a critical mass of people doing the same sort of work,” he said. De […]

Halliwells boosts London office with corporate duo

Halliwell Landau has doubled the size of its London corporate department with the hire of two new partners. The firm has recruited Richards Butler partner Matthew Puhar and Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Ian Brent. M&A specialist Puhar worked in Richards Butler’s Hong Kong office for five years, joins now from the firm’s City office. He […]

Latham boosts NY bankruptcy group

Latham & Watkins has bumped up its New York bankruptcy practice with a lateral from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Bankruptcy and insolvency expect Mitchell Seider is leaving Kramer Levin after three years to join Latham which has recently acted on a number of high profile cases including a role for the creditors committee on […]

Credit Suisse First Boston wins new group general counsel

Leading European investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) has appointed Urs Rohner as its new group general counsel. Rohner, the chief operating officer of Swiss company ProSiebenSat 1 Media, is due to take up his new position on 1 June when he will also become CSFB’s head of group corporate centre and a member […]

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