Does a Repudiatory Breach Discharge an LLP Member’s Agreement? – Littleton Chambers

Posted August 28th, 2015 in contracts, limited liability partnerships, news, retirement by sally

‘The recent Judgment of Mr. Justice Henderson in Flanagan v Liontrust Investment Partners LLP and others [2015] EWHC 2171, 24th July 2015, has addressed the vexed question of whether the Common Law doctrine of repudiatory breach applies to LLP members’ agreements. It has long been settled law that the doctrine did not apply to traditional partnerships, Hurst v Bryk [2002] 1 AC 185 (HL), but the position under LLP agreements has been the subject of continuing debate. In particular it has been argued, by the author amongst others, that the doctrine applied and that the effect of a repudiatory breach was to enable a member to accept the breach and assert that the default provisions under the Limited Liabilities Partnership Act 2000 applied. In Liontrust Mr. Justice Henderson rejects that argument, save possibly in the case of a two member LLP.’

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Littleton Chambers, 27th July 2015

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Fitness for purpose clauses in construction contracts – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 27th, 2015 in appeals, construction industry, contracts, foreign jurisdictions, news by sally

‘Despite heightened focus on fitness for purpose clauses following the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in MT Hojgaard A/S v E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 407 (“Robin Rigg”), such clauses are not new and have been used in construction contracts for a number of years.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 11th August 2015

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Consumer rights rules will not apply where personal data, not money, is exchanged for digital content – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 12th, 2015 in consumer protection, contracts, data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Businesses selling or licensing digital content will not have to honour most “rights and remedies” that consumers will have under new UK consumer protection laws where those consumers exchange access to their personal data rather than money in return for that content, a UK regulator has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th August 2015

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Ofcom investigates Sky over complaints of ignored cancellation requests – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2015 in contracts, internet, media, news, regulations, telecommunications by tracey

‘The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom is investigating Sky over concerns that customers’ attempts to cancel their contracts are being ignored.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2015

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Judge orders damages and not award of contract after flawed tender – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 30th, 2015 in contracts, damages, local government, news, tenders by sally

‘A High Court judge has decided that a council which ran a “fundamentally flawed” tender evaluation process should be required to pay the claimant damages rather award it the contract.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th July 2015

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First Libor, then Forex… the future of banking litigation – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted July 25th, 2015 in banking, contracts, estoppel, interest, news by sally

‘For the immediate future, it is not difficult to identify likely, and plentiful, areas for banking litigation, especially with the ever growing presence of litigation funding making its mark. We identify a few below.’

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11 Stone Buildings, June 2015

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Businesses team up to battle English laws on penalties dating back to Magna Carta – The Independent

Posted July 24th, 2015 in contracts, fines, news, parking, penalties, Supreme Court by sally

‘Lawyers are in a legal slug-fest in the Supreme Court trying to determine if the English law on penalties has any place in the modern commercial world.’

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The Independent, 23rd July 2015

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High Court orders ‘unsatisfactory’ public contract award to be set aside – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 21st, 2015 in contracts, local government, news, public procurement by tracey

‘The procurement process through which an English council awarded a contract for asbestos removal contained “a number of manifest errors” and breaches of equality and transparency requirements, and should therefore be set aside, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st July 2015

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Fab four film remains ‘subject to contract’ – Technology Law Update

Posted July 13th, 2015 in appeals, artistic works, contracts, copyright, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘In commercial negotiations you may have used the words “subject to contract” or something similar. But what does this actually mean?’

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Technology Law Update, 9th July 2015

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Swynson Ltd v Lowick Rose LLP (in liquidation) (formerly Hurst Morrison Thomson LLP) – WLR Daily

Posted June 30th, 2015 in accountants, appeals, contracts, damages, duty of care, law reports, loans, negligence by sally

Swynson Ltd v Lowick Rose LLP (in liquidation) (formerly Hurst Morrison Thomson LLP) [2015] EWCA Civ 629; [2015] WLR (D) 278

‘In a claim resulting from negligent advice the damages were not to be reduced to reflect a repayment to the claimant of debt made pursuant to a refinancing where such transaction, while arising because of the relevant breach of duty, did not arise in the ordinary course of business.’

WLR Daily, 25th June 2015

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Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction plc – WLR Daily

Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction plc: [2015] UKSC 38; [2015] WLR (D) 261

‘An unsuccessful party in a construction contract adjudication was entitled to be repaid any money paid pursuant to the adjudication if the underlying dispute was finally determined in his favour, and the cause of action for the recovery of such money accrued on the date on which the money was paid. However, the cause of action of a party who wished to bring proceedings for more than the amount which he had been awarded under an adjudication accrued on the date of the relevant breach of contract or duty.’

WLR Daily, 17th June 2015

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Supreme Court: losing party to adjudication has six years to challenge that decision in the courts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 19th, 2015 in contracts, dispute resolution, limitations, news by tracey

‘A party seeking repayment of sums paid following an adjudication award against it has six years from the date of payment to do so, the UK’s highest court has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th June 2015

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Appeal court surprised by solicitors’ partnership agreed “in the pub” – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2015 in appeals, contracts, law firms, news, partnerships, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision against one solicitor in favour of her former partner, after expressing surprise that the pair had no more than a verbal agreement made in the pub over a drink.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2015

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Contract entitled landlord to raise service charge irrespective of increase in costs, says UK Supreme Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 12th, 2015 in contracts, landlord & tenant, leases, news, service charges, Supreme Court by sally

‘Lease provisions that would ultimately increase service charges payable by the tenants of a number of holiday homes near Swansea to more than £1 million a year should be allowed to stand, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 11th June 2015

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Divorcee Michelle Young to be sued over financing of bitter legal battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2015 in contracts, costs, divorce, news, trials by sally

‘Saga of divorce battle takes extraordinary new twist as financial backers plan to sue her for breach of contract.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2015

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Breyer Group plc and others v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Free Power for Schools LP v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Homesun Holdings Ltd and another v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Touch Solar Ltd v Department of Energy and Climate Change – WLR Daily

Posted May 11th, 2015 in contracts, damages, energy, human rights, law reports, time limits by sally

Breyer Group plc and others v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Free Power for Schools LP v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Homesun Holdings Ltd and another v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Touch Solar Ltd v Department of Energy and Climate Change [2015] EWCA Civ 408; [2015] WLR (D) 192

‘Contracts which had been secured might be said to part of the goodwill of a business because they were the product of its past work, and thus capable of amounting to possessions within article 1 of the First Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Contracts which the business hoped to secure in the future were no more than that and were merely a potential source of future income which could not amount to possessions under the article.’

WLR Daily, 28th April 2015

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Understanding foreign signs – how to make sure your contract is properly executed – Technology Law Update

Posted May 6th, 2015 in appeals, company law, contracts, EC law, international law, news by sally

‘The negotiations are over, the deal is done. Now it’s time to sign the contracts. But before popping the champagne corks, you’ll need to make sure that those signatures are valid. Here’s a cautionary tale of what can go wrong.’

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Technology Law Update, 1st May 2015

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Contract Formation and the Fog of Rectification – Speech by Sir Terence Etherton

Posted April 30th, 2015 in contracts, news, rectification, speeches by sally

Contract Formation and the Fog of Rectification (PDF)

Speech by Sir Terence Etherton

Judiciary of England and Wales, 24th April 2015

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Game over – New Law Journal

Posted April 30th, 2015 in contracts, exclusion clauses, limitations, news by sally

‘Termination & its consequences. Chris Nillesen reports.’
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New Law Journal, 24th April 2015

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TUPE and Property Management – Tanfield Chambers

‘It is well known that where the management or ownership of property passes from one company to another, the employment of staff engaged in property management or maintenance may transfer with it under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”). However, it is not unusual for several different managed service contracts simultaneously to transfer from one contractor to another or for a number of sub-contracted maintenance contracts to be taken in-house by a property management company. A recent case has considered how TUPE applies in these circumstances involving multiple contracts.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 27th April 2015

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