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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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Straw ponders clean slate for murderers

Murderers, arsonists and armed robbers could have their criminal records wiped clean under proposals being considered by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw. Straw is considering setting up a Criminal Records Tribunal which would decide whether convicted felons, excluding sex offenders, warrant a second chance with a clean slate. Paul Cavardino, a policy director at the […]

Revenue's 'magnificently provocative' tax windfall

After self-assessment come changes to the way in which professional partnerships are taxed. Leo Schulz adds up the costs of compliance. At 5.30pm on 22 December 1997, the Inland Revenue issued a press release announcing a change in the way professional partnerships are to be taxed. At first glance the changes seemed fairly innocuous, with […]

Bennets loses four in major exodus

FAMILY law firm Margaret Bennett has been hit by a wave of departures. The five-partner firm will lose two partners, an associate and an assistant in the space of two months, one of whom is dropping from partner to assistant status in his move. Renowned child abduction and international custody dispute specialist Anne-Marie Hutchinson has […]

Part-time Bar work on offer

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. Ronald Thwaites QC suggested in “Stemming the Bar Tide” (The Lawyer, 3 November) that a return to the Bar correspondence course would go some way to producing barristers that had “business and commercial maturity”. […]

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