Bailing Out Lehman Brothers? – Littleton Chambers

Posted October 31st, 2019 in contracts, interpretation, mistake, news, restitution by sally

‘Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) v Exotix Partners LLP [2019] EWHC 2380 (Ch) is another reminder of the flexibility of contractual construction as an alternative to rectification for subjective mistakes.’

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Littleton Chambers, 1st October 2019

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Signing Off and Signatures in the Digital Age: Neocleous & Anor v Rees [2019] EWHC 2462 (Ch) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 31st, 2019 in contracts, electronic mail, news, rights of way, sale of land by sally

‘Section 2(1) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 (‘the 1989 Act’) provides that a contract for the sale or other disposition of an interest in land can only be made in writing. Under section 2(3), the documents incorporating the terms must be signed by or on behalf of each party to the contract.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th October 2019

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Ocean Outdoor v London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham [2019] EWCA Civ 1642 – Monckton Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2019 in appeals, contracts, damages, local government, news, public procurement, sale of land by sally

‘In a major judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal last week, Coulson LJ has given important guidance on the scope of the Concessions Contract Regulations 2016 (“the CCRs”), the extent of the land transaction exemption, and the requirements for claimants to show ‘sufficiently serious breach’ in procurement claims more generally. This was the first case to consider the CCRs in such a level of detail, and – in a ruling likely to be welcomed by public authorities – the meaning of ‘concession contract’ for the purposes of the Regulations is construed relatively narrowly, with the land transaction exemption given a conversely generous interpretation. The judge’s comments on the hurdles which a claimant must surmount to be awarded Francovich damages for breaches of procurement law also have a notably pro-defendant slant.’

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Monckton Chambers, 16th October 2019

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New law “to put more pressure” on solicitors’ NDA advice – Legal Futures

‘A new law ensuring that employees signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) receive independent legal advice will “increase the onus” on solicitors to act properly when drafting them, the government has said.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2019

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Liverpool win High Court case against New Balance paving way for new Nike kit deal – The Independent

Posted October 25th, 2019 in contracts, interpretation, news, sport by sally

‘Liverpool FC have won a High Court battle over a multimillion-pound sponsorship deal with American sportswear giant New Balance.’

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The Independent, 25th October 2019

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Blockchain offers the law “enormous opportunities” – Legal Futures

Posted October 24th, 2019 in contracts, conveyancing, electronic commerce, legal services, news, probate by sally

‘The buzz around distributed ledger technology (DLT), including blockchain, is much more than hype and the tech will eventually transform conveyancing and probate, an academic specialising in innovation has indicated.’

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Legal Futures, 24th October 2019

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Considering crystallisation: what dispute should (or can) you refer to adjudication? – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘It’s a scenario we see all too often. Employer meets contractor. Employer and contractor enter into a contract and, for a while, everything seems rosy. Then, as the project progresses, unresolved claims start escalating and the relationship deteriorates. Inevitably, the parties’ minds turn to adjudication, and the potential recourse that they may find there.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 21st October 2019

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UK court considers validity of payment notices under ‘hybrid’ contracts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 14th, 2019 in construction industry, contracts, estoppel, news by tracey

‘The High Court has provided guidance to parties on the application of the payment provisions in the 1996 Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act (“Construction Act”) to “hybrid” contracts, which cover both construction and non-construction operations.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2019

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David Cameron’s National Citizen Service sued for £22m for breach of contract threatening youngsters’ placements – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 14th, 2019 in charities, contracts, health & safety, news, young persons by tracey

‘One of the central planks of David Cameron’s Prime Ministerial legacy is facing serious trouble, accused of putting hundreds of jobs and the hopes of thousands of young people at risk. The body that runs the National Citizen Service (NCS) – founded by Prime Minister Cameron in 2011 as a modern-day national service for school leavers – is being sued for £22 million by its largest provider of services, after it was forced to make staff redundant and cut the number of placements it runs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2019

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Batei Din and arbitration awards: Sterling – Law & Religion UK

Posted October 8th, 2019 in arbitration, contracts, Judaism, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘An interesting case involving the extent to which arbitration awards by religious courts are enforceable at civil law has recently come before the Chancery Division of the High Court.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th October 2019

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E-mail footer counted as signature for property contract – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor’s automated email sign-off sufficed as a ‘signature’ for the purposes of a contract involving the disposition of an interest in land, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 30th September 2019

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Cardiff ordered to pay Nantes €6m over Emiliano Sala transfer – The Guardian

Posted September 30th, 2019 in contracts, news, sport by michael

‘Cardiff have been ordered to pay French club Nantes €6m (£5.3m) in relation to the signing of Emiliano Sala in January.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2019

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Automatic email sign-off counts as signature, rules High Court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 26th, 2019 in compromise, contracts, electronic mail, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has ordered that a compromise contract be completed after ruling that a solicitor’s automatic email sign-off was proof of signature.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th September 2019

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Bar delays ‘anti-abuse’ written contracts for pupils – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 17th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, contracts, delay, news, pupillage, standards by tracey

‘The bar regulator has delayed the introduction of compulsory written pupillage agreements which could tackle the “abusive” treatment of pupils.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th September 2019

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Court of Appeal’s useful guidance on implying isolated payment provisions from the Scheme – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted September 11th, 2019 in appeals, construction industry, contracts, news by tracey

‘For some years now modular construction has been on the increase for new buildings, particularly in the hotel sector where it is now the norm for new hotels to be supplied with bathrooms and bedrooms manufactured off site. Indeed, I suspect that most of us have stayed in such rooms without even realising that more or less everything in the room (except the loose furniture) was installed off site, and sometimes many thousands of miles off-site. It may be because I only see the projects where things have gone awry and disputes have arisen, but, having decided a few disputes regarding modular building products, it’s clear that this part of the industry remains susceptible to the types of disputes we see with more traditional methods of construction. I want to talk about one such case this week, namely the Court of Appeal’s decision in Bennett (Construction) Ltd v CIMC MBS Ltd (formerly Verbus Systems Ltd) (which it handed-down at the end of August).’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 10th September 2019

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Tribunal rejects solicitor’s “attempts at character assassination” – Legal Futures

Posted September 4th, 2019 in constructive dismissal, contracts, employment tribunals, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who resigned without notice was in breach of contract, an employment tribunal has ruled after finding that it was not a case of constructive dismissal.’

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Legal Futures, 4th September 2019

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Insolvency proceedings, guarantees and contractual pre-conditions – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 29th, 2019 in contracts, guarantees, insolvency, news, statutory demands by sally

‘If you are considering commencing insolvency proceedings against another party, do ensure that they actually owe you a debt before you do so. This point is so obvious that it barely needs stating. However, Martin v McLaren Construction Ltd serves as an example of how things can go badly wrong if it is not double-checked.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, August 2019

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David Lascelles writes on important Court of Appeal decision on Rectification – Littleton Chambers

Posted August 29th, 2019 in contracts, mistake, news, rectification by sally

‘The Court of Appeal handed down judgment yesterday [2 August] in FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v Glas Trust Corporation Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 1361.’

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Littleton Chambers, 2nd August 2019

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New Judgment: X v Kuoni Travel Ltd [2019] UKSC 37 -UKSC Blog

‘This appeal considered whether the respondent is liable to the appellant for breach of contract and/or under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations, reg 15.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th July 2019

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The New Electronic Communications Code clarified – Falcon Chambers

Posted July 5th, 2019 in codes of practice, contracts, news, telecommunications, valuation by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal has recently provided helpful clarification of the workings of several aspects of the new Electronic Communications Code (“the Code”) introduced by the Digital Economy Act 2017, which came into force on 28 December 2017.’

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Falcon Chambers, June 2019

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