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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 […]

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 […]

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Herbert Smith bursts into bondholder market with groundbreaking deal Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has advised the Brunner Mond Group on the first full high-yield bond restructure to take place in the European high-yield market.The deal, led by financial restructuring partner Andrew Wilkinson, was structured to overcome difficulties relating to New York law, which governed the […]

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After all the frivolity of Christmas, Tulkinghorn has heard some scurrilous gossip about a rather drunken partnership conference held by Gouldens. He is certain that it cannot possibly be true, as those chaps at Gouldens are sooo well behaved.Anyway, one insider told him that the hotel where the conference was held politely declined to host […]

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Masons is awaiting its first instruction from urban regeneration agency Liverpool Vision after winning an appointment to its panel

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