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Adjudication Matters – June 2019

The Slip Rule – the “gateway” for consequential corrections to an adjudicator’s decision? Introduction In the recent judgment of Axis M&E UK Ltd v Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd [2019] EWHC 169 (TCC), the Technology & Construction Court considered for the first time whether consequential corrections are permitted under the statutory slip rule in the context of adjudication. […]

BIC v Burgess: pension increases were not validly introduced

By Suzanne Burrell, Jenny Farrell The Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court decision in Burgess v BIC, finding that increases to pensions in payment had not been validly introduced. We commented on the High Court decision in our update last year. Background The inflation-linked annual increases had been introduced following a trustee meeting in 1991 […]

Brewers – what’s in a name?

By Jo Pritchard More than a year after its initial launch, a Welsh brewery, formerly named LOKA POLLY, has been forced to rebrand following a complaint raised by a Swedish multinational conglomerate over the use of the LOKA POLLY name. This kind of dispute and rebranding experienced by the now-named Polly’s Brew Co is unfortunately […]

NI employers remain liable for higher holiday pay costs

By Leeanne Armstrong In a landmark ruling the Court of Appeal (CA) yesterday upheld an Industrial Tribunal (IT) decision that police officers and civilian staff are owed substantial back pay in respect of underpaid holiday pay. (Alexander Agnew & Others v Chief Constable for the Police Service of Northern Ireland & Others [2019] NICA 32) The original decision […]

New rules for enforced works

Decree-Law no. 66/2019 of 21 May was published recently to amend the rules on summonses to execute maintenance, rehabilitation or demolition works, and on their enforced execution. This legislation is part of the wider strategy of the New Generation of Housing Policies (NGPH), approved by Resolution of the Council of Ministers in May 2018. In accordance with the […]

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Stevens & Bolton breaches £300K PEP

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton had a record year in 2006-07, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) pushing through the £300,000 mark. The firm posted a total revenue of £14.1m with a profit margin of 32 per cent, giving it a £4.5m net profit and a PEP of £305,000 for its 15 equity partners. The […]

Bar Council launches legal aid probe

The Bar Council has launched a working party to probe the impact on the bar from competitive tendering and ‘one case one fee’ for legal aid work. The move was announced by Bar Council chair Geoffrey Vos QC at the representative’s body’s AGM in London on Saturday (16 June). The Government has signalled its intention […]

Wallace nets enic’s acquisition of Spurs

Wallace has acted for Enic International on its purchase of Sir Alan Sugar’s remaining shares in football club Tottenham Hotspur. Enic, owned by the family trust of international investor Joseph Lewis and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, instructed a team led by Wallace managing partner Rex Newman on the £25m purchase from Amshold, owned by Sugar […]

Diverging strategies see Gómez-Acebo and Vieira part company

Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Portuguese ally Vieira de Almeida & Associados have split following a review of both firms’ international strategies. It is understood that Gómez-Acebo wanted to have its own representative office in Portugal. The firm has a new international strategy and has already announced the opening of a London office in […]

Supreme Court building work begins

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer has announced that work has begun on the new Supreme Court. •The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer has announced that work has begun on the new Supreme Court. The building is expected to open for business in October 2009, […]

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