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Administering Big Construction Contracts is a Job for Professionals

Construction contracts are often replete with detailed provisions in respect of time limits and payment schedules and that is one good reason why their administration is best entrusted to professionals. The point was strikingly made by one High Court case concerning a hospital refurbishment project. An NHS trust engaged a building company to perform the works at...

Businessman Accused of $17.5 Million Fraud Jailed for Defying Court Orders

One of the advantages of the English legal system is that even the most convincing lies tend to be exposed under rigorous forensic examination in the witness box. In one case that proved the point, a businessman’s dishonesty was laid bare and he received an 18-month jail term for his brazen violation of court orders. The man was alleged to have defrauded a...

Developers – Are Your Planning Permissions Lawful? Don’t Jump the Gun!

Unlawful planning permissions are regularly overturned by judges, and those who pre-empt their decisions by carrying out developments prematurely do so at their own risk. In one such case, however, the High Court found that a council was justified in refusing to take immediate enforcement action to remove an unauthorised fence. The case concerned a quarry set in...

Zero Tolerance No Substitute for Individual Consideration

Employers are fully entitled to take a very dim view of violence in the workplace – but, when considering what action to take, each case must be considered on its own facts. In one case, a worker who lost his job following an angry office incident succeeded in his unfair dismissal claim. The motor vehicle technician, who had worked for the same car dealership...

Where Is a Company’s Centre of Main Interest? High Court Considers

The location of a company’s registered office is not always an indication of where it has its centre of main interest (COMI). The issue can be of crucial importance to insolvency practitioners, as one High Court case revealed. The case concerned three companies that were registered in Jersey but each of which owned a shopping centre in England. A building...