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  • Following a recent High Court appeal judgement, infrastructure support services provider Amey are set to receive £4m in compensation from West Sussex County Council due to a disputed highways contract procurement process. The High Court heard that an original contract bid from Amey had collapsed due to errors in the criteria scoring process, leading to the interim contract and subsequent continuity appointment being awarded to rival bidders Balfour Beatty. West Sussex County Council applied to have Amey’s claim struck out, but this was rejected by Justice Stuart-Smith. The £4m payout came to light as part of the council’s draft budget proposals. The Cabinet will go through the proposed budget for 2020/21 before it goes before a meeting of the full council on February 14 for final approval. A council statement said: The budget report also identifies that money from reserves has been used... Read More

  • The contemporary UK litigation sector now allows for a variety of alternative options when it comes to resolving commercial, business and personal legal disputes. Known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (‘ADR’), it is worth being aware of the options available and which may be best suited for your individual circumstances. The three main types of Alternative Dispute Resolution are: Mediation As there is now a requirement for parties involved in most claim types to consider mediation, this process is now regarded as a necessary step for many cases, with judges making it a requirement for a party to indicate why they have refused to mediate. Mediation is essentially a simple process, designed to limit the costs involved in litigation and to reduce the number of claims that require valuable court time. Both sides produce a meditation statement and attend a mediation session. At these... Read More

  • As well as dominating the recent UK news agenda, it would seem that the new life that the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk are planning is already facing a potential legal battle over the ownership of their ‘Sussex Royal’ trademark. Whilst the ‘Sussex Royal’ brand and trademark has already been registered in the UK, within hours of the high-profile couple’s plans being confirmed recently, an application was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) that, if successful, would result in the applicant owning the ‘Sussex Royal’ trademark in all of the 23 EU-recognised languages. The EUIPO trademark request was in German, with English listed as its second language. The rapid filing covers a range of goods under the name of the couple’s website and Instagram feed, including luggage, toiletries, jewellery and beer. Whilst Harry and Meghan can lodge an objection... Read More