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Construction & Engineering

‘Pay now, adjudicate later’

In a previous article, concerning the TCC judgment in Imperial Chemical Industries Limited v Merit Merrell Technology Limited [2017], I predicted that the TCC decision of ISG Construction Limited v Seevic College [2014], which opened the way for ‘smash and grab’ adjudications by payees, would be disowned. I was right, since Mr Justice Coulson did exactly that in the TCC decision of Grove Developments Ltd v S&T (UK) Ltd [2018] on 27 February 2018. Yesterday, the Court of Appeal confirmed that decision. The Court of Appeal’s judgment was given by former TCC judge Sir Rupert Jackson. It provides some clarification about what the payer must do before commencing an adjudication on the ‘true value’ of an application for payment under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 as amended by the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (generically, ‘the Act’).

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Employment

Could your business be liable for a data breach even if you have strong data protection procedures in place?

Morrisons has recently lost its appeal against the High Court’s decision that it was vicariously liable for a data breach by a disgruntled employee and is now set to take this to the Supreme Court. Sarah Lee explores why the courts have found against Morrisons and what you should do to protect yourself against similar risks.

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Family

Part 1: So you’re divorced – what to do next?

Going through a divorce can be a gruelling and stressful time, and it can be very daunting to rebuild your life when you come out the other side. Our Family team are well equipped in dealing with all aspects of divorce and understand the emotional and sensitive nature of the process. This article looks at some of the practical next steps you should consider post-divorce.

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