Michael Axe

Rawlison Butler LLP United Kingdom

Constructive Criticism - Biggest overhaul of UK Construction Law for a decade takes effect

On 1 October 2011, UK construction law underwent arguably its biggest shakeup since the Construction Act was introduced in 1996. In this article, Michael Axe summarises the key changes to the statutory rules governing payment…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Libel Tourism - Why English Courts are still the preferred venue for many international claimants

In this article, Michael Axe takes a look at a number of recent court decisions in the field of international and internet-based libel. England's defamation laws are considered by many to be amongst the most "claimant…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Conflict of Laws, International Law & Trade

Cause and Effect in Professional Negligence Claims (Part Two) - Update from Court of Appeal

Michael Axe reports on a recent Court of Appeal decision that reinforces how difficult it can be to prove that the negligent advice provided was the actual cause of the losses suffered. This follows on from our earlier article…more
| Civil Procedure, Professional Malpractice, Business Torts

Business, Interrupted - How should losses be assessed?

In this article, Michael Axe looks at some of the arguments on quantum that can be put forward by both Claimants and Defendants in Business Interruption claims. Business interruption claims can arise in a wide variety of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Professional Malpractice, Business Torts

Brave New World - English Court rules emphasise the need for early cooperation on Electronic Evidence

In October 2010, new court rules came into effect in England and Wales which reinforced the importance the courts are placing on the disclosure of electronically stored evidence. In this article, Michael Axe assesses the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

No Chance - Court of Appeal rules not to extend 'loss of chance' to commercial valuations

In this article, we look at how the courts assess damages in 'loss of chance' cases. Michael Axe also reports on the English Court of Appeal's recent warning regarding the dangers of applying these principles to commercial…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate - Commercial

A Privilege, not a Right - Court of Appeal refuses to extend Privilege to Accountants and non-lawyers

Michael Axe reports on the implications of the English Court of Appeal's decision that confidential communications between clients and their accountants are not protected from disclosure by Legal Professional Privilege. Legal…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Professional Malpractice, Taxation

Exception that proves the Rule - English Supreme Court extends Exception to Without Prejudice privilege

Michael Axe reports on the English Supreme Court's controversial decision to allow the admission of Without Prejudice communications as evidence in relation to the interpretation of a settlement agreement. Without Prejudice…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Out of Time - the dangers of time limits in professional negligence claims

The general rule for negligence claims under English law is that they must be brought within 6 years of the date when the damage in question was suffered. This might sound like an easy rule to apply, but that is not always the…more
| Civil Procedure, Professional Malpractice, Business Torts

Cause and effect - establishing the true cause of damage in professional negligence claims

In professional negligence claims, proving that the professional was negligent is only half the battle. In this article, Michael Axe looks at how it is not always a straightforward matter to prove that the negligence was the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Professional Malpractice, Business Torts

"I'll hold you to that" - the dangers of pre-contractual sales promises

In this article, Michael Axe looks at a recent High Court decision in which an IT supplier was held responsible for the fraudulent misrepresentations made by its sales team while bidding for a high value contract. The case of…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Business Torts

Commercial agents update - when does an agent cease to be an agent?

In this article, Michael Axe analyses a number of recent English High Court and Court of Appeal decisions that have further clarified when a commercial agent will be entitled to compensation upon the termination of their…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Confidentiality in mediations - when is disclosing material from a mediation in the interests of justice?

In the second of two articles, Michael Axe assesses the effect of the English High Court…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Confidentiality in mediations - when can a mediator be called to give evidence in Court?

In the first of two articles, Michael Axe reports on a recent English High Court decision that has clarified when a mediator will be ordered to give evidence. In light of the costs that are involved in pursuing large…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Wake up call - a failure to comply with your obligations in respect of Electronic Disclosure could prove extremely costly

As part of a periodic series of updates on legal developments on the use of electronic evidence, Michael Axe looks at a recent English High Court decision that will have far reaching consequences for all parties involved in…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Electronic Discovery, Science, Computers, & Technology
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  • Debtor/Creditor
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