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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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Cross-border Irish work recommences

Mason Hayes & Curran and Carson McDowell have won the first piece of cross-border work placed by the Northern Irish Assembly since the resumption of the peace process The firms’ cross-border alliance i-law has won the work from the Industrial Research and Technology Unit (IRTU) of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment, which is […]

MEPs ditch Euro IP court for national alternative

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are trying to water down a strongly centralised EU ‘community patent’ system that would grant jurisdiction over disputes to a new EU intellectual property court The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee is calling for national courts to be given the job.The move should dismay the European Commission, which has […]

NY Attorney returns to Debevoise

US Attorney Mary Jo White has left her position as the head of New York’s prosecution department to return to Debevoise & Plimpton White, who was a partner at Debevoise from 1983-1990, has been responsible for prosecuting some of the city’s most notorious cases. She joins the firm as chair of its 32-partner litigation department.During […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – AVENTIS

Jones Day handles Aventis Animal sale to CVC Capital Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has advised long-term client Aventis on the disposal of Aventis Animal Nutrition opposite a combined effort by Sullivan & Cromwell and Clifford Chance for purchaser CVC Capital Partners. Aventis has sold off the business as part of its plans to pare […]

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