Selling to government – changes that will make things easier – Technology Law Update

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in contracts, documents, news, public procurement, time limits by sally

‘Do you provide services to public sector bodies? Do you want to? Whether your customer or target is part of government, or an independent publicly-funded institution such as a hospital or university, you should be aware of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. These changes, the majority of which came into force this week, offer greater flexibility in public authority purchasing and increased visibility and supplier access.’

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Technology Law Update, 27th February 2015

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Council gets High Court breach of contract claim from care provider struck out – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 25th, 2015 in care homes, contracts, costs, fees, local government, news, residential care by sally

‘Cornwall Council has successfully applied to have a breach of contract claim brought by a care provider struck out just as a trial listed for five days was about to start.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th February 2015

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Welcome relief – New Law Journal

‘Ian Smith reports on basic & immutable problems of employment law that require complex answers.’

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New Law Journal, 17th February 2015

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Home Office wins £224m e-Borders appeal – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in appeals, arbitration, contracting out, contracts, damages, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office has won its appeal against an order to pay £224m to a US defence firm over the cancellation of a secure borders contract.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2015

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Conditional Fee Agreements – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 6th, 2015 in contracts, fees, insurance, news, solicitors by sally

‘On 27th January 2015, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Cox v Woodlands Manor Care Home Ltd (unreported – approved judgment is awaited) bringing home the importance of CFAs being compliant with the Cancellation of Contracts etc. Regulations 2008 and dealing with the situation where there might be legal expenses insurance cover in the background and how this might affect any CFA entered into.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 5th February 2015

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Court of Appeal: conditional fee agreement with consumer unenforceable if notice of right to cancel not given – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in appeals, consumer protection, contracts, fees, news by tracey

‘A conditional fee agreement (CFA) that was signed at a client’s home, rather than at the lawyer’s office, was unenforceable because the client had not been given notice of her right to cancel, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd February 2015

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Court of Appeal: Solicitors cannot recover costs if CFAs failed to comply with cancellation regulations – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, care homes, contracts, costs, fees, news, notification, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Appeal judges have ruled that solicitors cannot recover their costs where conditional fee agreements (CFAs) fail to comply with the cancellation of contracts regulations, with a potential impact on a significant number of cases.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd February 2015

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Savoye and another v Spicers Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted January 27th, 2015 in arbitration, construction industry, contracts, enforcement, law reports by sally

Savoye and another v Spicers Ltd [2014] EWHC 4195 (TCC); [2015] WLR (D) 17

‘The factual test of whether something formed “part of the land” for the purposes of section 105(1) of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 was informed, but not circumscribed, by principles to be found in the law of real property and fixtures and ultimately was a question of fact and degree, looking at the purpose of the object or installation and having regard to the installation as a whole, rather than each individual element.’

WLR Daily, 15th December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Grayling’s legal aid reforms ‘irrational’, Law Society argues – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2015 in contracts, judicial review, Law Society, legal aid, news, tenders by sally

‘The lord chancellor’s decision to start a tender process for legal aid crime duty contracts is unlawful because it is “irrational”, “disproportionate” and based on a “manifest error”, the Law Society will argue in the High Court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th January 2015

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Law Society questions value of cab-rank rule – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2015 in barristers, contracts, fees, Law Society, legal representation, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Law Society has responded to a Bar Standards Board (BSB) call for evidence on the cab-rank rule by questioning its “operational value”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2015

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The legal issues in the Ched Evans case – BBC News

‘Footballer Ched Evans is still looking for a new club after being released from prison last October, having served half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in May 2011.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2014

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Asset finance in the education sector: the ultra vires predicament – Henderson Chambers

Posted December 18th, 2014 in contracts, education, news, ultra vires by sally

‘The ability of many state schools to enter into lease agreements (often for office equipment such as photocopiers) is limited by statute. Where a school exceeds its statutory power, the agreement will be void and unenforceable by the creditor. This article examines the issue of ultra vires, the consequences and potential remedies for both creditors and schools.’

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Henderson Chambers, 18th December 2014

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Consumer Rights Bill: new rules on liability proposed for digital content suppliers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 12th, 2014 in bills, computer programs, consumer protection, contracts, electronic commerce, news by sally

‘Businesses that supply digital content to consumers would be able to insert contract terms that would exclude them from liability for damage caused by their content to consumers’ devices or other digital content, under proposed new consumer protection laws backed by UK law makers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2014

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Signing a New Contract Does Not Mean Restrictive Covenants Are Binding Absent Proper Consideration – Littleton Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2014 in contract of employment, contracts, employment, news, restrictive covenants by sally

‘Many large employers (particularly those who acquire other businesses over time) are faced with employees (often senior and important employees) on ‘old’ contracts with unenforceable, inappropriate or even no restrictive covenants. Quite aside from the potential difficulties posed by TUPE, remedying that problem often proves difficult in practice, and requires careful management.’

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Littleton Chambers, 8th December 2014

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Probation contracts awarded to private organisations – BBC News

‘Private contracts to run probation services monitoring low and medium risk offenders have been awarded by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2014

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BSB apologises for failing to review contractual terms and cab-rank rule – Legal Futures

Posted December 5th, 2014 in barristers, contracts, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘Vanessa Davies, director of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has apologised “for any impression that may have been created that we do not take our regulatory obligations seriously” after the BSB failed to launch a review of the standard contractual terms and the cab-rank rule.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2014

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Ivey v Genting Casinos UK Ltd (trading as Crockfords Club) – WLR Daily

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in contracts, fraud, gambling, law reports by sally

Ivey v Genting Casinos UK Ltd (trading as Crockfords Club) [2014] EWHC 3394 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 504

‘The question whether the conduct of a party to a gaming contract amounted to cheating at common law for the purposes of the civil law, thereby breaching an implied term in the contract that the player would not cheat, was to be determined by the court applying an objective standard to the conduct complained of.’

WLR Daily, 8th October 2014

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‘No obvious benefit’: Bar Council concerned over proposed dual-contracting model – The Bar Council

Posted December 1st, 2014 in barristers, consultations, contracts, criminal justice, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice response to the “Transforming Legal Aid: Crime Duty Contracts” consultation, published today, will be of concern to all lawyers engaged in criminal defence work, and especially to solicitors firms with criminal legal aid contracts.’

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The Bar Council, 27th November 2014

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Legitimate Expectations – Local Government Law

Posted November 25th, 2014 in contracts, energy, local government, news by sally

‘In Solar Century Holdings Ltd v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWHC 3677 (Admin) the submissions made for the Claimant included that (1) certain pre-legislative statements were admissible and in effect bound the Government, according to the principles laid down by Lord Steyn in R (Westminster City Council) v National Asylum Support Service [2002] UKHL 38 at paragraph 6, (2) certain statements made by the Government were “clear and unequivocal” representations which gave rise to a legitimate expectation, and (3) the expectation could not be trumped or thwarted by any of the policy considerations advanced by the Government. Green J rejected all these submissions. The case concerned renewable energy sources by way of large scale “solar farms”, governed by the Electricity Act 1989, as amended by the Energy Act 2013, and whether the Government was bound to maintain a particular scheme in place until 2017. Clear and repeated representations had been made to that effect, but they had always been qualified.’

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Local Government Law, 17th November 2014

Source: www.11kbw.com/blogs/local-government-law

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Termination: The Pitfalls – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted November 18th, 2014 in construction industry, contracts, news by sally

‘Termination disputes are often very bitter, expensive and hard fought. They usually arise when there has been a complete breakdown in relationship between the employer and the contractor. If the party who believes that is is entitled to terminate the contract gets it wrong, it is very likely that its conduct will be regarded as repudiatory and the other party will be entitled to accept that breach and claim damages.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, October 2014

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