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Interrogatories – questions and answers time

Both legal practitioners and the general public alike are very much aware that litigation can be a time consuming and costly exercise, particularly in light of the lengthy delays for the hearing of trials and the subsequent length of time many trials run for. One particular tool favoured by the courts as a way to […]

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 […]

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Herbert Smith is strengthening its Middle East presence with one partner transferring from Paris and another two set to move across in the summer. The firm opened its Dubai office under former Norton Rose partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir in March. While their focus is on finance, the firm has moved Paris-based international projects […]

Howard Kennedy, Martineau lead the way in venture capital trusts

Howard Kennedy and Martineau Johnson were the most active venture capital trust advisers during the 2006-07 tax year, each acting on six of the industry’s 26 fundraisings. While the vehicles advised by Martineau collectively attracted £44.3m of a sought £79.7m, the Howard Kennedy-advised products raised £76.6m of a sought £130.4m. Howard Kennedy head of listed […]

BAE legal chief awarded £1m in pay on top of £5m pension

BAE Systems’ retired legal chief Michael Lester has built up a pension worth more than £5m, paying out £250,000 a year, according to the company’s annual report. BAE’s annual report also revealed that Lester picked up a bonus of £556,000, which along with a base salary of £568,000 brought his total annual earnings to more […]

Fun and games @ Howrey

Thanks are due to Howrey for providing an innocent, but still amusing, email-related titter that is altogether more tasteful and innocent than any smutty Bradley Chait-style disaster. The email address of Washington antitrust partner Scott E Flick is flicks@ howrey.com. Reasonably amusing. IP senior associate Nelson Kee is better – keen@howrey.com. But let’s leave it […]

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