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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 […]

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Barristers spread the legal word to Kabul

Training legal practitioners may not sound like a dangerous task, but for the Bar Council’s human rights committee it has been far from safe. The executive members of the ­committee, chaired by Mark Muller QC of Garden Court Chambers, have been in Afghanistan to train practitioners and academics on human and social rights. Blackstone Chambers […]

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Baker & McKenzie has prevailed over a Scottish family in a fight over the narnia.mobi domain name, after a decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Gillian Ferguson and Richard Saville-Smith bought the narnia.mobi email domain name in 2006, so that their son, an avid fan of the Chronicles of Narnia books by author […]

Professional negligence: Troubled indemnity

Competition among insurers for legal firms’ business has rarely been fiercer, but the pressure this is putting on underwriters’ rates means some will soon have to walk away from the professional indemnity insurance market altogether, warns Steve Holland Many insurers are trying to hold their premium rates stable and introduce rating increases for certain types […]

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