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Michael Booth QC argues that the present approach to the giving of evidence in civil cases is contrary to the interests of justice and to efficient trial preparation

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Michael Booth QC argues that the present approach to the giving of evidence in civil cases is contrary to the interests of justice and to efficient trial preparation. (more…)

Comi, The Stanford Collapse and the Restraint of Foreign Enforcement: 2009 Developments in Cross Boarder Insolvency Proceedings

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Louis Doyle, Barrister, Kings Chambers, Manchester & Leeds

Cross-border insolvency has been very fertile ground in recent times. For example, in Re Oilexco Northsea Ltd, Harms Offshore AHT v Bloom [2009] EWCA Civ 632 the Court of Appeal held that the court has jurisdiction to restrain two German creditors, which had obtained relief from the New York District Court by way of judgment and, on an ex parte basis, attachment against funds in a New York bank account of an English company in administration, from continuing the attachments. In addition, the English court had jurisdiction to require the return of those assets against which the German creditors had attached. The case is rather exceptional because the English court will usually not interfere with the strong presumption that proceedings in a foreign court are not to be interfered with. What is also curious is that, given that an English administration moratorium is ordinarily of no extra-territorial effect, the English administrators did not seek protection of the company’s estate by recognition under US Chapter 15 (although it is understood that that route is now being pursued)

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Land Agreements and the Competition Act 1998

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

by Jonathan D.C. Turner, barrister, 13 Old Square Chambers

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Pitfalls in the specification, inspection and approval of the quality of workmanship

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

In search of the Gold Standard

“Maison d’Or” was a luxury home being built for a multi-millionaire in Jersey. It was never quite finished, was never occupied, and was eventually demolished, the owner asserting that it was so badly designed and built, that its faults could not be remedied without starting again. He mounted an action against the contractor, architect, engineers (both structural and services), quantity surveyor and project manager in the Technology and Construction Court in London. The mammoth 200 page judgment of His Honour Judge Coulson QC is informative on a number of important issues. Frank Hall discusses the matter of construction quality which was a key ingredient in the case and a lesson for all professional consultants.

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Mason Hayes, an innovative law firm

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Mason Hayes is a niche commercial law firm with offices in Manchester and London. Established in 2002 the reputation of the firm continues to grow as to the quality of the firm’s clients and the matters with which it deals. The firm which embraces an internal culture of enthusiasm, commitment and motivation prides itself on its unique ability to work in partnership with its clients and strives in a solution driven environment to offer value for money. Marcus Hayes discusses why Mason Hayes was established and its key vision in providing legal services in an ever changing future legal market.

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Tough Times Ahead?

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Businesses have faced difficult trading conditions for at least eighteen months, some may say significantly longer. Whilst there are some small positive trends businesses are still failing with depressing regularity. Recent statistics suggest that companies employing between 26 and 50 people are particularly at risk.

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Recovery of In House Counsel Costs

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

It has long been established by the principles enunciated within the case of Re Lloyds Bank Ltd v Eastwood that the costs of In House Counsel on an inter partes basis are recoverable, such costs would be allowed in the usual manner and that they would be assessed using the conventional method of assessment in all but special cases where it was reasonably plain that that method would infringe the indemnity principle.

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