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Kennedys has continued its growth in the Middle East with the opening of a new office in Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman. This office opening is in response to client demand for a presence in Oman, and sees Kennedys become the only international insurance-focused law firm in the country.
Ambitious proposals contained in a recent tripartite paper by the Department of Justice, the Office of the Lord Chief Justice, and the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service, have revealed plans for significant investment in the Northern Ireland justice system.
Case review 25/05/2021
Mutual recognition and assistance in cross-border insolvency proceedings between mainland and Hong Kong
Kennedys has today announced the latest phase of its expansion with the launch of a new office in Perth, Australia. It is the firm’s 43rd office and second new office opening so far this year.
Kennedys has relocated its Manchester team to new premises in the city following further expansion in the team. Kennedys opened in Manchester in October 2008 with a team of 12 and in October 2016 the team moved to larger premises in The Tootal buildings.
Case review 20/04/2021
The Court of Appeal decision in Morley (t/x Morley Estates) v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [11.03.21] considered whether a borrower had been subjected to economic duress or intimidation during negotiations with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to restructure a loan.
A summary of recent developments impacted by Brexit, including employment law impacts, the implications of the Free Trade Agreement for SMEs, cross-border insolvency and the use of the Model Law to combat issues, data flows in a post-Brexit world and an overview of UK legal and regulatory issues for 2021.
Witness statements for trial executed on or after 6 April 2021 in the Business and Property Courts will face new significantly stricter rules and harsher punishments for non-compliance as Practice Direction 57AC (PD) comes into force.
Case review 11/03/2021
Tesseract International Pty Ltd v Pascale Construction Pty Ltd  SASCA 8
Kennedys in Australia, acted for the Respondent in this matter which saw the Court of Appeal continue to move away from a rigid approach to issues of uncertainty in contractual interpretation. Instead, the Court of Appeal favoured a more progressive approach that centred on commercial efficacy and a desire to uphold reasonable commercial bargains.
The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) provides the basis for further legal certainty to be agreed following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. It was, as we all saw, a fairly tortuous journey and securing a deal seemed impossible at times because both sides had very different aims in mind.