Limitation: When Does Time Start to Run? – Hailsham Chambers

Posted June 11th, 2020 in contracts, disabled persons, insurance, limitations, news, restitution by sally

‘The key phrase in most but not all of the sections of the Limitation Act 1980 is the accrual of the “cause of action”. Time runs from the accrual of the cause of action.’

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Hailsham Chambers, June 2020

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Gregor Fisken Limited v Mr Bernard Carl – Monckton Chambers

Posted June 11th, 2020 in agency, contracts, news, sale of goods by sally

‘The widely reported case of Gregor Fisken Limited v Mr Bernard Carl [2020] EWHC 1385 (Comm) involved one of the world’s rarest and most expensive cars, a $44m Ferrari 250 GTO Series 1 coupé, and its lost (and found) original gearbox. After a week-long trial in the High Court, it was held that the defendant seller was acting in breach of contract in failing to deliver the GTO’s original gearbox to the claimant buyer. The Court made an order for specific performance, requiring the seller to secure the delivery of the original gearbox to the buyer.’

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Monckton Chambers, June 2020

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Spending watchdog warns public bodies on challenge of managing end of PFI contracts as disputes loom – Local Government Lawyer

‘More than a third of public bodies expect to have formal disputes as PFI contracts come to an end, the National Audit Office has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th June 2020

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To complete or not to complete? Notices to Complete and Specific Performance – Falcon Chambers

Posted June 5th, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, enforcement, news, sale of land by sally

‘Once the parties to a contract for the sale and purchase of land (or for the grant and acceptance of a lease) become contractually bound, then, other things being equal, neither of them should be able to back out – at least, not without some default of the other party to exploit. Of course, some such contracts are conditional, and the parties do not necessarily become unconditionally bound until some later date, if at all. But when the parties do become unconditionally bound, one or the other of them may ask the question: how can I force the reluctant party to complete? Or, looking at the problem from the other end: when do I have to complete? Can I be forced to complete?’

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Falcon Chambers, May 2020

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Sale and Development Agreements: Obligations to Use Endeavours – Falcon Chambers

Posted June 5th, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, news, sale of land by sally

‘At the time of writing, the UK remains subject to stringent and extensive measures which have been enacted by Parliament in response to the Covid19 pandemic. Although there has been some relaxation since the “lockdown” was first introduced in mid-March 2020, large parts of the economy remain on hold. This has had and will continue, for some time, to have an effect on the ability and desire of parties to contracts for the sale and/or development of land to perform their obligations. It will also affect the extent to which transactions of this sort continue to be entered into and the terms of sale and development agreements may well need to adapt to the changing landscape.’

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Falcon Chambers, May 2020

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Top judges call for ADR “acceleration” in face of Covid-19 – Litigation Futures

Posted June 5th, 2020 in contracts, coronavirus, dispute resolution, judges, news by sally

A group of senior former judges and legal academics has called for an acceleration in the take-up of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the face of commercial contract disputes arising from Covid-19.

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Litigation Futures, 4th June 2020

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UPDATE: Halliburton v Vedanta: Performance Bonds and COVID-19 – Atkin Chambers

Posted June 4th, 2020 in contracts, coronavirus, damages, India, injunctions, news by sally

‘Shourav Lahiri revisits the case of Halliburton v Vedanta where a differently constituted bench of the Delhi High Court has just reversed its previous decision and discharged its injunction against the call on performance bonds. This update also examines some related issues that could arise as a consequence of COVID-19.’

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Atkin Chambers, 2nd June 2020

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Covid-19 and its effect on contractual obligations – Devereux Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, news by sally

‘The simple effect of the Covid-19 lockdown announced on 23 March 2020 was that life, and business, changed for everyone. People and organisations could no longer do things they had planned or intended to do, and in many instances, difficult decisions had to be made, and some were made hastily, without thinking through the ramifications. As time goes on, many will be faced with the question of whether steps they took, or didn’t take, mean that they are in breach of a contractual obligation; on the other side of the coin, others will be wondering whether they have a remedy for not having received goods or services they expected to on time, or at all.’

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Devereux Chambers, 15th May 2020

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Watership Down author’s estate wins back all rights to classic novel – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in contracts, copyright, damages, film industry, media, news by sally

‘In a case at London’s high court, Richard Adams’ estate won a longstanding claim against Martin Rosen, director of the 1978 animation.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2020

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Travel and Holiday Claims amid a Global Lockdown – Henderson Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in airlines, contracts, coronavirus, EC law, holidays, hotels, news, regulations, transport by sally

‘The world-wide lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will have an unprecedented financial impact, not only on businesses in all areas of the economy but also on consumers. Public gatherings are banned or strictly limited and events have been cancelled or postponed. Future travel plans remain uncertain, with the borders of many other countries remaining closed to travellers from the UK and strict 14-day quarantine measures set to be imposed on those entering the UK from the end of May. Many companies are refusing or delaying offering refunds to affected consumers, who may have to resort to litigation to protect their rights. This alerter provides a broad overview of several affected areas, including package holidays, travel, holiday accommodation and events.’

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Henderson Chambers, 19th May 2020

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School fees in times of Covid: Tips for schools and parents – Monckton Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in contracts, coronavirus, education, fees, news, school children by sally

‘The lockdown has posed inordinate challenges for education – with schools and universities adjusting to remote learning on extremely short notice. For private schools and universities, there have been tough choices between furloughing staff, deciding which lessons and courses to continue and justifying the level of fees, when many parents are in financial difficulty themselves. Boarding schools and universities have additional problems as they have a high level of sunk costs in infrastructure for overseas students that, at present, are not allowed to travel.’

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Monckton Chambers, 19th May 2020

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The death of “forensic prestidigitation” in construing commercial contracts? Towergate Financial (Group) Ltd and others v Clark and others – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 26th, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, contracts, indemnities, interpretation, news by sally

‘Judgment in Towergate Financial (Group) Ltd and others v Clark and others was handed down on 24 April 2020 in this interesting case that turned upon the correct construction of a notice clause in a share purchase agreement (SPA).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 13th May 2020

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Freedom of contract: Does it still exist? – Littleton Chambers

Posted May 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, enforcement, news by sally

‘A provocative title, to be sure.

But on 7 May 2020, HM Government published through the Cabinet Office a document entitled “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency” (the “Note”).’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th May 2020

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High Court rules on the effect of confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement – St Ives Chambers

Posted May 18th, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, confidentiality, contracts, damages, employment, news by sally

‘In Duchy Farm Kennels Limited v Steels [2020] EWHC 1208 (QB) Alexander PritchardJones appeared in an important case about the effect of breaches of confidentiality clauses contained within settlement agreements.’

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St Ives Chambers, 14th May 2020

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Clarification of the Test for Dishonesty in Criminal Law: R v David Barton and Rosemary Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575 – Park Square Barristers

Posted May 12th, 2020 in contracts, deceit, gambling, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this landmark decision, a five – judge constitution of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), headed by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, clarified that the test for dishonesty in criminal law is that set out by Lord Hughes in the Supreme Court authority of Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) (trading as Cockfords Club) [2017] UKSC 67; [2018] AC 391. This test is to be preferred to the test of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053.’

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Park Square Barristers, 30th April 2020

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Good faith: Is English law swimming against the international tide? – The 36 Group

Posted May 11th, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, news by sally

‘The general obligation of good faith in the performance of contractual obligations is widely recognised and accepted overseas both in civil law jurisdictions and also now in most common law jurisdictions.’

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The 36 Group, 1st May 2020

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Nathan Davis discusses Bains v Arunvill Capital Limited and others [2020] EWCA Civ 545 – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 28th, 2020 in contracts, interpretation, news by sally

‘This is an interesting case concerning whether the steps taken by the Appellant were sufficient for him to establish that he had remedied his material breach of contract.’

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Park Square Barristers, 27th April 2020

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Top judges urge “breathing space” over contract breaches – Litigation Futures

Posted April 28th, 2020 in contracts, coronavirus, dispute resolution, news by sally

‘Two former presidents of the Supreme Court have suggested introducing a “breathing space” so that contractual breaches arising from the coronavirus crisis are conciliated to avoid the courts being overwhelmed with disputes.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th April 2020

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Do Me a Favour… But How? Helping your counterparties without risking your contractual rights – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted April 23rd, 2020 in chambers articles, company law, contracts, news by sally

‘A lot of attention has focused recently on how to get out of contracts by relying on frustration or force majeure. In the near future, there will be a reckoning of who has behaved well and who has behaved badly, irrespective of their legal rights. In this article, we look at ways in which our less cynical clients can do their commercial counterparties a favour, to help them get through the short term, without running the risk of losing their legal rights in the long term. While our clients might well want to help out the people with whom they do business, they would not want to lose out if they had to prove in a subsequent insolvency.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 22nd April 2020

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Covid19, Force Majeure and Frustration – Thomas More Chambers

Posted April 23rd, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, news by sally

‘The Covid19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have created chaos for many businesses, rendering performance of existing contractual obligations difficult or impossible. This article looks at the potential legal remedies available to businesses facing such difficulties.’

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Thomas More Chambers, 22nd April 2020

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