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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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US firm's Belgian link-up

Cleveland-based US firm Thompson Hine & Flory has associated with Belgian firm Platteeuw De Witte & Grisar and plans to merge its Brussels office with Platteeuw.

Mills & Reeve swallows up beleaguered Lewington Partnership

Troubled niche healthcare firm The Lewington Partnership has been taken over by East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve. The move comes just seven months after The Lewington Partnership’s exclusion from the National Health Service Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) panel of law firms handling medical negligence claims. The merger will safeguard jobs at The Lewington Partnership’s Birmingham […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming was born in Lincoln in 1967. He is a corporate banking associate at Burges Salmon. What was your first job? Mortician’s porter at the Salisbury Infirmary. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £17,500 as a trainee at Ashurst Morris Crisp. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a […]

Law Society moves to liberalise SIF waiver rules

The Law Society has relaxed the rules governing applications for Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) waivers, on the eve of a legal challenge against the fund’s monopoly. Until now, solicitors hit by huge SIF bills have only been let off paying them if they can prove they have been subjected to serious injustice because of an […]

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