The unbalancing act

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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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Ropes & Gray began life in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 140-odd years since, it has grown to 775 fee-earners – of whom almost a third are equity partners – and opened offices in New York and San Francisco. In January 2001 the firm merged with New York IP outfit Fish & Neave, adding […]

Pillsbury overhauls management team

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has overhauled its management team, electing real estate partner James Rishwain as chairman and installing a new board. Stephen Hutler, managing partner of Shaw Pittman before its merger with Pillsbury Winthrop, becomes executive vice chairman. Hutler and Rishwain will lead the firm, taking over from chair Mary Cranston and managing partner […]

Bird & Bird wins advisory role on first privatisation in Serbia

Bird & Bird has won a role advising on the Republic of Serbia’s privatisation of national mobile network MobTel, the republic’s first-ever privatisation. Bird & Bird is acting for the French consortium advising the Serbian government on the transaction. The privatisation is valued at e800m (£545m) and will create a new telecoms company called Mobi63. Bank Rothschild […]

Telecoms sector hots up in Middle East

The Middle East telecoms and technology markets are currently attracting the attention of the world’s leading lawyers. Each of the key jurisdictions in the region is providing a wealth of IT and telecoms-related matters for the top firms, primarily from the world’s leading US and UK law firms. The levels of activity are reminiscent of […]

Seven proceed with formation of ‘super set’

A group of seven leading criminal barristers last week confirmed the establishment of a new ‘super set’ in Smithfield. As first revealed by The Lawyer (27 February), Cloth Fair Chambers is being set up by five barristers from Hollis Whiteman Chambers, plus two other notable criminal silks. The seven founders comprise Julian Bevan QC, John […]

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