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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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Ward Hadaway embraces former foe for expansion campaign

“It’s better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.” Lyndon B Johnson. Perhaps it was inevitable. Kick out your managing partner after he has spent 10 years making you a fortune, and who can blame him if he signs up with your arch rival? And so it is […]

The South West and Wales

The South West legal market may be smaller than the City’s, but in its own way it is equally frenetic. In January Bristol-based Bond Pearce toasted the arrival of the London chief operating officer of New York-based White & Case Chris Schulten, who joined the South West firm as its new finance director. In February […]

OFT says ‘yes’ to private competition enforcement

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has set out to encourage private actions in competition cases. The OFT will today release a discussion paper, which will set out why representative actions should be made more broadly available, and will also encourage the settlement of cases without going to court. OFT chairman Philip Collins said: “A […]

Lawyers take to the streets as top judge is forced to stand down

Lawyers in Pakistan have clashed with police over a decision by the country’s president to sack the country’s top judge. In what has been widely interpreted as an attack on judicial independence, Pakistan’s president General Pervez Musharraf made Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry ‘non-functional’ on 9 March. Summoned to Army House, Musharraf’s residence in […]

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