Four new partners at Sharpe Pritchard

London-based public law specialist, Sharpe Pritchard, has promoted four lawyers to the partnership. Aidan Dickinson, Gemma Duncan, Gemma Townley and Peter Collins are all now partners of the firm. Their promotions strengthen the firm’s real estate development, compulsory purchase, corporate, and ICT and data offerings. Aidan Dickinson is a real estate lawyer specialising in compulsory…

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The ‘5G city’—a ‘tremendously exciting opportunity’ but only ‘one part of the solution’

LNB News 03/04/2018 78 The government has announced plans to create a ‘5G city’ in a multi million pound trial of new high speed connectivity, in order to pave the way for a future rollout of 5G across the UK. Lawyers from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Sharpe Pritchard LLP and Trowers &…

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New kid on the block: How blockchain could transform local government

With the recent press speculation about the collapse of Bitcoin – the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the technology underpinning it, known as blockchain, is unlikely to have much use in the local government sector. However, in this article, Raj Shah, a solicitor in Sharpe Pritchard’s Projects department,…

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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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