How far does a PFI Road Maintenance Contract Travel?

On 22nd February 2018 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd v.  Birmingham City Council (BCC) [2018] EWCA Civ 264, reports Colin Ricciardiello. Birmingham City Council (“BCC”) appealed against a High Court decision – [2016] EWHC 2191 – which granted relief in Amey’s favour when it found that an adjudicator’s decision (made in an…

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Contractual Challenges in Cloud Computing Agreements

No longer the new kid on the block, cloud computing agreements are now common place both in the private and public sector. Cloud computing brings with it clear technical and commercial advantages. Customers leverage delivery of information technology as services via the Internet, with no requirement to purchase or install software, meanwhile benefitting from large…

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Ziggurat (Claremont Place) LLP v HCC International Insurance Company Plc [2017] EWHC 3286 (TCC)

This case serves as a reminder to all parties to a contract as to the nature of guarantee bonds and the importance of understanding the rationale for making amendments to standard forms. Background In 2011, Ziggurat (Claremont Place) LLP (the “Employer”) employed County Contractors (UK) Ltd (the “Contractor”) to build a block of student studios…

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Leading public law specialists act for Croydon Council as Poundworld faces record fine of more than £1 million

Sharpe Pritchard, the leading London-based firm of public law specialists has acted for the London Borough of Croydon in a case which has seen discount retailer, Poundworld, fined a record £1.19 million over Food Safety and Hygiene and Health and Safety at work offences. The company pleaded guilty to seven charges in total relating to…

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Poundworld handed record fine for Food Safety and Hygiene and Health and Safety offences

Sharpe Pritchard acted for the London Borough of Croydon to bring a prosecution against the national discount retail chain ‘Poundworld’ in relation to serious food safety, hygiene, and health and safety failings found by council inspectors at its Croydon store in February 2016. The company pleaded guilty to seven charges in total relating to its…

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Planning Update: Proposed NPPF Changes

The housing shortage is the focus as the Government announces consultation on National Planning Policy Framework changes Summary 1.1.    The Government recently signalled its intention to focus more on the need for more housing by changing the name of DCLG to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Now it has come forward with…

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