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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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Hewitsons goes through management rejig

Hewitsons goes through management rejig” />Regional firm Hewitsons is to undergo a shake-up of senior management, effective from early September. Commercial property specialist Alan Brett will take the role of senior partner after 10 years as managing partner, replacing current senior partner Ian Barnett, who will continue as head of agricultural law. Stepping into the […]

Grapevine

The glow of a new client win just might be fading over at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer today. Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you cannot have failed to miss this morning’s lightning bolt that Slaughter and May is attempting to secure an injunction stopping Freshfields from acting for Philip Green on his much anticipated […]

GE ditches Amersham company secretary

After its takeover of FTSE 100 company Amersham, GE Healthcare has parted company with Amersham’s company secretary and top lawyer Robert Allnutt. US giant General Electric’s takeover of the UK company and its subsequent withdrawal from the London Stock Exchange means that the role of company secretary has become redundant. GE Healthcare’s Peter Solmssen has […]

Lovells splits group for asbestos onslaught

Lovells has split its contentious insurance, professional indemnity and environment group in preparation for an anticipated rise in asbestos claims. The reorganisation sees the non-contentious environmental litigation group, headed by partner Louise Moore, join the corporate department, while the two-partner pensions litigation team will be absorbed into banking and finance. Insurance partners John Trotter and […]

McDermott scoops team in latest round of CC NY departures

Clifford Chance’s New York exodus today shifted up a gear after a team of six corporate lawyers jumped ship for McDermott Will & Emery. The haul includes two partners, John Lutz and David Taub who both specialise in capital markets with a particular emphasis on derivatives and structured products. Joining Lutz and Taub, will be […]

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