June 2016 Archive

Farming business as usual with Brexit

Last Friday's referendum result has sent shock waves across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world and there are of course wide ranging implications for the rural community. However, as the dust starts to settle and reality kicks in, it must be business as usual for the rural community.

Wife receives financial settlement 24 years after divorcing

The Supreme Court has ruled that a wife is entitled to a financial settlement from her ex-husband despite separating over 31 years ago, finally divorcing in 1992. This is a particularly unusual case because of the long time delay in bringing the claim and the fact that, for a large proportion of that time neither party had, due to their alternative lifestyles, any visible means of support, other than state benefits.

JCT 2016 construction contracts – what has changed?

It does not seem 5 minutes, let alone 5 years, since we were last examining the ‘new’ JCT approach, in that case arising from new legislation. This time round, the JCT has taken the opportunity to pull in a number of key cases and pieces of relevant legislation to their updated contract suite, for which they have initially (rather cautiously in my view) only released the Minor Works family.
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