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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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When is whisky whisky?

A “when is whisky whisky?” legal battle is heading for the High Court. The Scotch Whisky Association is taking Isle of Man drink producer, Glen Keller, to court in an action seeking orders to prevent Glen Keller calling their Manx Whisky whisky. They claim Glen Keller’s product does not fall within the Council of Europe’s […]

ABA opens first US museum of law in its Chicago offices

The American Bar Association opened a law museum in the lobby of its expensive Lake Shore Drive headquarters in Chicago last week. The Museum of Law is reputedly the only museum dedicated to the trials and tribulations of US lawyers. ABA executive director Robert Stein hopes the exhibition will grow into one of Chicago’s major […]

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Unwanted adoption

An unmarried mother’s bid to prevent her seven-year-old son being put up for adoption is being considered by the Law Lords. They are considering whether to give the mother, who has already failed before a county court and the Court of Appeal in attempts to prevent the child being adopted, leave to appeal to them.

Bar gears up for Labour govt

Richard Clayton reports Barristers are planning to set an urgent agenda for criminal justice reform at this month’s annual Bar conference in anticipation of next year’s general election. The conference, on 28 September, features the most substantial criminal programme for some years and boasts the Shadow Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, as its […]

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Hertfordshire lawyer seeks refuge in church

The Long-serving director of law and administration at Hertfordshire County Council, Bill Church, has moved on to a higher calling – the Church of England. Church, who has been with Hertfordshire since 1979 and a local government solicitor for 29 years, left his position last month to train for ordination. He retains some contact with […]

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