March 2017 Archive

Business rates revaluation to boost the Midlands Engine

The government has announced that there will be a revaluation of business rates, coming into effect on 1st April 2017. The changes will mean some businesses will see a reduction in bills that accurately reflect changes in their local property market.

Manufacturing out of contract – whose terms are you contracting on?

A contract for the manufacture of goods has recently expired, but what happens if to continue to receive orders? Manufacturing contracts are often entered into for a fixed period of time (often referred to as the “term” of the agreement). Whilst it helps to deal with what happens after the term of the contract, for example either automatically extending the contract into a “run-off” period, or even a provision that states the parties will review the situation, it is not always the case.

Hip resurfacing; claims against the manufacturer

Hip resurfacing, a type of hip replacement, was first introduced in the 1950s and was a disaster. It was not revisited until the 1980s when a team from Birmingham introduced a method of resurfacing using cobalt chromium. Initial results were excellent and this type of ‘metal on metal’ (MoM) hip replacement was embraced by surgeons worldwide.
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