Richard Milner

Delays in Justice = Injustice?

In this country we are fortunate to be served by a judiciary which is both robustly independent and academically able. Most judges run their courts well and deal with matters before them expeditiously. Given the volume and…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Conflict of Laws

A Hot Topic: a look at the feed-in-tariff scheme

A Hot Topic: a look at the feed-in-tariff scheme In these increasingly cost-conscious times, businesses are considering ways to improve revenues. One recent development which has the additional benefit of being…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010

Improved Rights for Unsecured Creditors of Insolvent Companies Under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act (1930), there have long existed provisions which, provided certain hurdles can be overcome, enable parties…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Business Organizations

Employment Law Update - March 2011

1. Equality Act 2010 - Positive Action On 6th April 2011, section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 comes into force. What does this mean? In specific circumstances, section 159 enables employers to use positive action to…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law

Cyberspace - Industry and the Cyber Armoury

In this, the second in Pitmans’ industry briefing papers following on from A Call to Economic Arms (http://bit.ly/e4ALOJ), we examine the issues posed by the emergence of Cyberspace as an increasing threat to national…more
| Business Organizations, Military Law

Employment Law Case Update - Administration

Two cases will be of particular interest to insolvency practitioners and those buying businesses from an administrator. In the first case (Spencer v Lehman Brothers Limited (in administration) and others), the possibility of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Turnaround or Fall Over? Corporate Debt Restructuring through a Company Voluntary Agreement

In the current economic climate most businesses will experience temporary or longer term cash flow pressure resulting in stressful trading and creditor pressure. Managing creditors within reasonable cash flow parameters is…more
| Administrative Law, Bankruptcy, Business Organizations

The Localism Bill - will it deliver "power to the people"?

The forthcoming Localism Bill has wide-reaching implications for developers, planners and local communities. This article focuses on the property implications of the Bill, specifically the changes to the planning…more
| Business Organizations, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Interact Europe Welcomes First Spanish Member Firm

InterAct Europe, the pan-European network of independent legal practices founded by Pitmans in 1990, has welcomed its first Spanish member firm with the arrival of Madrid and Barcelona-based ECIJA. ECIJA’s joining as a…more
| Business Organizations, Law Firm Marketing

Pitmans Acts for 2e2 in the Creation of 02 Unify Joint Venture

Leading law firm Pitmans has acted for 2e2 in the creation of “02 Unify”, a joint venture with 02 to create a single point for outsourcing of all business IT and communications requirements. A combined team of…more
| Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Torts

Pitmans Acts for 2e2 in the Disposal of Xayce to Capita Consulting

Leading law firm Pitmans has acted on behalf of 2e2 in the sale of its subsidiary business, Xayce, to Capita Consulting, which completed on 2 February 2011 for an undisclosed consideration. The transaction was led by the Head…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

Mediation pre-divorce

From 6th April 2011 anyone applying for a court order in relevant family proceedings needs to consider with a mediator whether their dispute is capable of resolution through mediation. It has been widely misquoted as being…more
| Family Law

The Gender Directive and the ECJ decision on gender specific insurance premiums and benefits

The Decision The ECJ has today upheld the Advocate General’s (AG) opinion in the case of Association Belge des Consommateurs Test-Achats ASBL and others (Case C-236/09) and declared Article 5(2) of the Gender Directive…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Taxation

First Conviction Under Corporate Manslaughter Act

On 15th February 2011 Cotswold Geotechnical (Holdings) Limited ‘Cotswold’, a geotechnical survey company based in Gloucestershire became the first company to be convicted of an offence under The Corporate…more
| Business Organizations, Professional Malpractice, Personal Injury, Business Torts

Bribery - Can you tell what it is yet?

Business and the advisory community had been stoking themselves up over recent months in anticipation of the Bribery Act coming into force in April. This was supposed to be preceded by guidelines from the Ministry of Justice on…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts
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