Resolving intractable disputes: best practice – New Law Journal

‘Enforcing contractual clauses to mediate, not litigate. Rob Langley, a mediator at North East Mediation Solutions, reports on how new rules are developing.’

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New Law Journal, 27th November 2019

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Consent and expediency: binding non-signatories to international arbitration agreements – Six Pump Court

Posted December 4th, 2019 in arbitration, consent, enforcement, international law, news by sally

‘The issue of whether non-signatories to arbitration agreements can nevertheless be bound by such agreements is one of increasing importance as recourse to arbitration grows. The traditional limits of arbitration as defined by consent have come under increasing pressure given the enthusiasm for arbitration as the preferred means of dispute resolution in the context of international agreements.’

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Six Pump Court, 2nd December 2019

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What is coercive control and why is it so difficult to recognize? – OUP Blog

‘Engaging in controlling and/or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships became a new criminal offence in England and Wales in December 2015. Coercive Control involves a pattern of abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten the victim. Example behaviours included in this legislation are isolation from friends and family, deprivation of basic needs, monitoring behaviour and time, controlling a victim’s life and/or finances, and may include physical violence. The introduction of this offence was welcomed for recognising the cumulative impact of various forms of domestic abuse and for encouraging police and other criminal justice agencies to move beyond an incident-led and physical violence-based understanding of domestic abuse. However, four years on since the legislation was enacted and with no compulsory national level training or support, what has actually changed?’

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OUP Blog, 25th November 2019

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“All for one and one for all” when it comes to severing an adjudicator’s decision – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 20th, 2019 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, enforcement, news, Scotland by sally

‘Round one was an adjudication enforcement application before Lord Doherty in the Scottish courts. The contractor (Dickie & Moore) had succeeded in an adjudication and, when the adjudicator’s decision went unpaid, issued court proceedings to get its money.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 19th November 2019

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Lord Briggs at the Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Supreme Court

‘Lord Briggs at the Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.’

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Supreme Court, 5th November 2019

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Couple fined £20,000 for planning offences over work on outbuildings and fish pond – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 5th, 2019 in enforcement, fines, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A couple have been handed a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of offences under the Town and Country Planning Act relating to outbuildings and a fish pond.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th November 2019

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J J Rhatigan & Co (UK) Ltd v Rosemary Lodge Developments Ltd [1] – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2019 in enforcement, financial dispute resolution, news by sally

‘Rosemary Lodge Developments Ltd (“RLD”) sought to resist enforcement of an Adjudicator’s decision dated 22 November 2018 (the “Decision”) on the basis that the Decision had been reached by the Adjudicator in breach of natural justice. The Technology & Construction Court Judge, Mrs Justice Jefford, confirmed that when alleging that a breach of natural justice has occurred, it is necessary to establish that the breach is more than peripheral; it must be material.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 7th 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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Privatbank v Kolomoisky and ors – Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 29th, 2019 in enforcement, freezing injunctions, joinder, judgments, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The case concerns an alleged scheme perpetrated by the defendants to misappropriate c. US$2 billion from the Bank. The Bank alleged that the scheme was orchestrated by Ds 1 and 2, Ukrainian “oligarchs” domiciled in Switzerland, with the assistance of English and BVI companies through which the Bank alleged that misappropriated monies were laundered. The Bank sued Ds 1 and 2 and the BVI companies in England, using the English companies as “anchor defendants”. It sought, and was granted by Nugee J, a Worldwide Freezing Order in the amount of US$2.6 billion.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 22nd October 2019

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The impact of foreign insolvency proceedings on English law bank guarantees: ascertaining foreign law, the scope of the European Insolvency Regulation and the effect of pending actions – 4 New Square

Posted October 29th, 2019 in EC law, enforcement, guarantees, insolvency, Ireland, news, notification, service by sally

‘Shail Patel acted for the successful defendants at trial in Bank of Baroda v Maniar [2019] EWHC 2463 Comm, in resisting claims by the bank on personal guarantees. The case raised a number of important points of European cross border insolvency law under the European Insolvency Regulation, and the English Court’s exercise of a foreign law judicial power.’

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4 New Square, 28th October 2019

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Tanzil Chowdhury: Miller (No 2), the Principle-isation of Ministerial Accountability and Military Deployments – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Has the court in Miller (No 2) done the very thing it said it wouldn’t do in Miller (No 1)? Has it given legal enforceability to the constitutional convention of ministerial accountability? Several authors appear to suggest that is has (here, here and here). Indeed, conventions were given rather peculiar judicial treatment in Miller (No 1) not least when placed against Miller (No 2), but also due to the general unenforceability of ‘statutory conventions’ (more here). But back to the apparent elevation of the convention of ministerial accountability (CoMA) to a constitutional principle – or what I refer to as the principle-isation of the convention.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th October 2019

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‘Matter of time’: lawyers optimistic about enforcing foreign judgments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 2nd, 2019 in enforcement, foreign jurisdictions, judgments, news, treaties by sally

‘Lawyers are optimistic about the success of a new international convention designed to make the enforcement of court judgments easier across jurisdictions.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2019

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MPs call for tougher penalties on drivers using mobile phones – The Guardian

‘Tougher restrictions on drivers using mobile phones, including extending the ban to hands-free devices, should be considered, MPs have said. The transport select committee said using any type of mobile phone while driving had potentially catastrophic consequences. The MPs called for more severe penalties “commensurate with the risks”, as road deaths linked to phone use have risen steadily over the past decade.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2019

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MPs call for QOCS to cover discrimination cases – Litigation Futures

Posted July 30th, 2019 in costs, damages, enforcement, equality, news, select committees by sally

‘Qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) should be extended to cover discrimination cases in the county court, MPs on the House of Commons women and equalities committee have recommended.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th July 2019

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Divorcee granted injunction against ex-husband’s holding company – OUT-LAW.com

‘he High Court in England has granted an injunction against the holding company to which a wealthy Russian businessman transferred ownership of a luxury yacht in order to avoid enforcement of a £500 million divorce settlement, preventing the company from moving the yacht from where it is docked in Dubai.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2019

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Social housing: changes to intervention and enforcement – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Regulator of Social Housing is running a consultation on changes to its guidance on intervention, enforcement and use of powers. Sarah Greenhalgh analyses the proposals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th July 2019

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Prenups put families’ ability to look after each other at risk, Supreme Court President says – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2019 in enforcement, families, news, prenuptial agreements by sally

‘Families may not be able to look after each other if prenuptial agreements become legally binding, the Supreme Court President has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2019

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Willow Corp S.À.R.L. v MTD Contractors Ltd [2019] EWHC 1591 – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Willow engaged MTD to design and build a hotel in Shoreditch. As a result of delays in the project, the two parties agreed a revised practical completion date of 28 July 2017 (‘June Agreement’).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 28th June 2019

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National minimum wage naming scheme suspended – OUT-LAW.com

‘A scheme for the naming of employers found to be in breach of the UK’s national minimum wage (NMW) has been suspended while the government reviews the scheme.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th June 2019

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Solicitor hit with £500k POCA fine for using house as office – Legal Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2019 in confiscation, enforcement, news, planning, proceeds of crime, solicitors by sally

‘A West London solicitor has hit with a £500,000 confiscation order for repeatedly disregarding warnings from his local council to stop using a home as an office for his firm.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk