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Monday, 19 March 2018
Davies and Partners specialist Family Law and Divorce Department is delighted to announce that the Department is now able to offer further options to assist with funding the legal costs of family proceedings with Novitas Loans.    Novitas Loans offer legal fee funding for family proceedings. They are another form of funding that may be available when considering funding options.   Financial proceedings and children matters are funded whether using the court, arbitration or mediation.…

Davies and Partners Goes the Extra Mile for Young Lives Facing Cancer

Friday, 02 March 2018
Davies and Partners Solicitors in Barnwood, Gloucester began a partnership with CLIC Sargent in early 2016, and has already raised over £10,000 to help young lives facing cancer. See more on the story here 

More power for business suppliers in relation to commercial debts?

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (the Act) created a right for most business to business suppliers to claim at least 8% a year interest on overdue payments for goods or services, in addition to a fixed sum and any reasonable costs incurred in recovering the debt. The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) came into force on 26 February 2018 and extends the powers of representative bodies…

Davies and Partners Announce Senior Management Changes

Friday, 09 February 2018
2018 has seen some key changes in Davies and Partners senior management.  The Board of Management has been expanded to include Legal Directors, Suzanne Williams and Ewan Kilgour, who join existing Board Members, Nigel Tillott and David Stokes.   Following the retirement of the Firm’s Chairman Tom Brennan at the end of 2017, Ewan Lockhart has been appointed as Chief Executive and will chair the Board of Management and Business Review Meetings. Commenting Ewan Lockhart…

Business Seminar 6 March - General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Friday, 09 February 2018
What does GDPR - mean for your Business? Much has been written about the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come in to force on Friday 25 May 2018. A lot of the publicity around GDPR has been overly dramatic. However, GDPR Regulations will certainly have an impact on the way businesses must handle all data in future, whether relating to employees, customers or otherwise. An understanding and preparation for the necessary changes now,…

A Victory for the Adjudicator?

Friday, 09 February 2018
Victory House General Partner Limited –v- RGB P&C Limited [2018] EWHC 102 (TCC)   This case arose from the development and conversion of an office building into a hotel at Leicester Square, London. Victory House General Partner Limited (“VH”) was the employer and RGB P&C Limited (“RGB”) the contractor. RGB was seeking to enforce an adjudicator’s decision against VH providing for payment under the contract, whilst VH submitted the argument that the terms of a…

Davies and Partners Launch New Business Mediation Service

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
As court proceedings are becoming increasingly slow and expensive, Davies and Partners Solicitors has launched a new, specialist Civil and Commercial Mediation Service so that businesses and individuals finding themselves in dispute can take advantage of the speed and efficiency of mediation to reach a resolution.   Davies and Partners has two highly experienced, qualified commercial Mediators. Heading up the Mediation team is Legal Director, Nigel Tillott (pictured right). Nigel has substantial experience of dispute…

Serving Notices Correctly in Arbitration

Tuesday, 02 January 2018
Glencore Agriculture B.V. v Conqueror Holdings Limited [2017] EWHC 2893 This recent decision highlights the importance of serving notices correctly in the context of arbitration, and also serves as a reminder for construction professionals giving notices within other dispute resolution processes. The Claimant (“Glencore”) sought to have an arbitration award of around US$43,000,000 set aside. Glencore had no part in the arbitration, and remained unaware of the process until the award was received by post…

Professional Negligence: A New Scope

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
A recent decision illustrates that construction professionals must understand key project constraints. In Riva Properties Limited & others v Foster + Partners Limited [2017] EWHC 2574 the Claimant instructed Fosters to design a 5 star hotel near Heathrow airport. Fosters denied any knowledge of a budget, and produced a design which was almost £130m over budget. Despite an attempt at ‘value engineering’, the design proved to be impossible to produce within the budget constraints, and…

New Claim Forms for Accelerated Possession Proceedings

Friday, 01 December 2017
Davies and Partners specialist Property Dispute Resolution team advise that from today -1 December 2017, landlords seeking possession of their property let under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy will need to use the new claim forms. The new claim form to be used in England is called form N5B and in Wales IT is called the N5B Wales. The new forms can be accessed on If the old form is used on or after 1…

Britain’s most senior Judge calls for no-fault divorce

Friday, 01 December 2017
Baroness Hale the President of the Supreme Court has renewed calls for there to be no-fault divorce. As things stand in England and Wales a husband or wife need to prove grounds for divorce unless they are prepared to wait for at least two years. The grounds are that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and the other party is guilty of unreasonable behavior or adultery.   Mike Follis, Head of Family…

Davies and Partners Gloucester 10K Support for Local Charity

Tuesday, 07 November 2017
Back in the summer, E G Carter & Co Ltd became the main sponsors for the Gloucester 10k Race, which is organised by Gloucester based Davies & Partners Solicitors and Gloucester Quays Rotary Club.   The two main charities that benefitted from the race is Gloucestershire Young Carers and E G Carter & Co Ltd’s charity of the year, Gloucestershire Nightstop. After all of the hard work and dedication behind the scenes, the race managed…

Bearing the Burden of Concurrent Delays

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
North Midland Building Ltd v Cyden Homes Ltd [2017] EWHC 2414 This welcome case has clarified that contracting parties may allocate the risks of concurrent delay as they see fit. Cyden Homes Ltd engaged North Midland Building Ltd under a JCT Design and Build Contract 2005. Through an amended clause, the building contract provided that if a delay for which the contractor was responsible arose at the same time as a delay for which the…

Duncan Murray announced as new Head of Corporate and Commercial

Friday, 27 October 2017
Davies and Partners Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of Duncan Murray as the new Head of its Corporate and Commercial Department.    Duncan has over 25 years of legal practice experience, and has been a partner for many years at a leading national law firm and in-house Counsel for a major financial institution. He has also served on the board of several companies with operations in a variety of sectors including financial and…

General Data Protection Act - Time to start planning

Thursday, 12 October 2017
Nigel Tillott, Head of Employment and Regulatory Law at Davies and Partners Solicitors looks at General Data Protection Regulations which are due to come into force on 25th May 2018. Businesses are being urged to start preparing for the Regulations now and Nigel explains why. Read the article here    

Blockchain in the Construction Industry

Wednesday, 04 October 2017
For those who have never heard of a blockchain, or have little to no idea what they do, they can be simply described as a database stored in many places (rather than just one location) which chronologically and securely records data. Whilst that may sound very ‘techy’ and far removed from the bricks and mortar world of construction, this technology could potentially change the way that projects are procured and administered, and lead to higher…

Bovis Homes Outsources its Legal Services to Davies and Partners Solicitors

Monday, 25 September 2017
Bovis Homes, one of the UK's leading housebuilders, has reached agreement to outsource its legal requirements to Davies and Partners Solicitors, cementing the firm’s reputation as a leading player in Residential Land Acquisition and Development. Davies and Partners has offices in Gloucester, Birmingham, Bristol and London and has a long-held national reputation for its expertise in residential land and property development services. Following the agreement with Bovis Homes, Davies and Partners will now undertake Bovis…

Tragic amputation inspires young lawyer to help others

Monday, 25 September 2017
A young lawyer from Davies and Partners Solicitors in Gloucester, who lost her leg following a road traffic accident, is using her own experiences of battling through life changing injuries, to help support others who have been injured, as she will shortly become a specialist personal Injury and medical negligence lawyer.   Annabelle Turner, 27 from Gloucester, lost her leg half way through the final year of her undergraduate law degree, following a road traffic…

Construction contracts: Clear the way for sectional completion

Monday, 04 September 2017
A recent case in the Technology and Construction Court is a reminder of the need for clear descriptions of work sections in construction contracts. Vinci applied for a declaration that terms relating to sectional completion and delay damages in an amended NEC subcontract (amended by a settlement agreement) were valid and enforceable.The judge found that the subcontract drawings (for baggage handling related works at Gatwick Airport) did not contain sufficient information to identify the works…

Davies and Partners Solicitors Advise Lioncourt Strategic Land in Major Bellway Homes Deal

Monday, 14 August 2017
Davies and Partners’ specialist Land, Acquisition and Development Department has acted for Lioncourt Strategic Land in the sale of over 34 acres of land at Tidbury Green in Solihull to Bellway Homes.   The firm’s Managing Partner in Birmingham, David Stokes, who heads up the Land and Development team originally acted for Lioncourt on the negotiation of a promotion agreement with the landowners before agreeing to also act on the sale of the land to…

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