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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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THE LORD Chancellor has been accused of breaking promises after budget figures revealed cuts in planned legal aid expenditure. Cash set aside for the next two years has been trimmed back by about five per cent. The budget statistics also reveal a u70 million underspend for 1993-94 which legal aid lawyers say is due to […]

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Essex is a small market, which looks north to East Anglia, rather than south to Kent or west to London for work. “I’ve never been sure whether we’re in the South East or East Anglia,” says one local lawyer and many of the firms which are important in the area have practices elsewhere. For example, […]

LAG gathers experts for radical review

THE LEGAL Action Group (LAG) and the Nuffield Foundation announce this week they are undertaking an alternative fundamental review – more wide-ranging than the Lord Chancellor’s. Eight experts at the cutting edge of legal developments around the world will be among those taking part in the project, called Shaping the Future. A one-day conference in […]

Things can only get better

Law firms in the South East were the hardest hit by the recession, but Simon Rogers discovers that things are improving The South East is not the homogeneous region of popular imagination. Dominated by London in the centre, it suffered more than any other area in the recession and is only just beginning to pull […]

Audit office criticises court failure to stamp out delays

THE FAILURE of most crown courts to eradicate delay and meet statutory waiting time limits indicates “grounds for concern”, says a National Audit Office (NAO) report. And the behaviour of defence lawyers and a shortage of judges on Circuit may be contributory factors to the problem, it says. The NAO’s recommendations, which have been largely […]

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