Surveyors up in arms at rating reforms

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Piste off with the market

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Supplier of the year award for Linde Electronics

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Building buys a pint …

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Wasted energy

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ALE in big rig load-out

first_imgThe jack-up rig, which tipped the scales at more than 30,000 tonnes, was constructed on supports 20 m from the quayside.ALE used its new self-propelled skidding system – which included 76 skid shoes, each equipped with a 650-tonne capacity jack – to load the rig from the quay onto a floating drydock.A three-point hydraulic suspension was created in order to control and check the stability of the system during the load-out, explained ALE. The company also installed its own ballasting system on the floating drydock.ALE noted that its new skidding system is completely computerised, meaning that all factors – such as wind speed, hydraulic pressure and stroke sensors – can be monitored from a control room.The CAT-J project involves the construction and delivery of bespoke rigs – designed to boost oil recovery with a less expensive, more efficient and safer production process – for use in surface and subsea wells in the shallow waters of the Norwegian continental shelf.www.ale-heavylift.comlast_img read more

Gospel concert

first_imgJonathan Rubain Jonathan Rubain will host his first solo gospel concert on Saturday August 31 at GrandWest.This concert, called Pinkster in GrandWest, will showcase his original music as well as popular gospel songs.“This is by far the largest concert I am producing right now. It’s a real career highlight for me and I am making sure the fans will ‘koordans’ all night to the ‘koortjie hits’,” said Rubain, who was born in Hanover Park.He will also release a new album on the night with his newly-formed gospel all-male group, Seuns van Sion. The group includes Roland Miggels, Alton Zackay, Colin Mitchells and Kurt Coetzee.Tickets cost between R100 and R130. Book through Computicket.last_img read more

Dentons plans Latin America tie-ups

first_imgGlobal giant Dentons has announced proposals for its sixth and seventh mergers this year, as it looks to expand into Latin America.The firm is considering plans to ‘combine’ with Colombia-based Cárdenas & Cárdenas and Mexico-based López Velarde, Heftye & Soria (LVHS), in deals expected to be confirmed on 18 December.The tie-ups, which are subject to partner votes from all of the three firms, would add around 55 lawyers in Colombia and 35 in Mexico to Dentons’ global headcount.The news comes a year after the firm first signalled its intention to expand into the region, when it appointed Jorge Alers as its chief executive officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.Joe Andrew (pictured below), global chair of Dentons, said the Latin American and Caribbean regions are of ‘significant importance’ to its clients.‘Entering the region with a presence in two of its top four economies, and with firms that are aligned with the high level of service and quality that our clients expect, is key to delivering on our strategy to have seasoned, local talent, wherever our clients need it.’ Bernardo Cárdenas, managing partner at Cárdenas & Cárdenas, said the globalisation of legal services means that joining Dentons is the ‘right decision’ for the firm.‘This combination will provide us with a global reach and expertise that will benefit all of our current and future clients, while maintaining our tradition of high-quality service,’ he said.The planned partnership comes after a run of mergers aimed at expanding Dentons’ international footprint in the past year. In January the firm merged with Chinese firm Dacheng, creating the world’s largest firm by lawyer headcount.This was followed by a tie-up with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, a merger with Luxembourg firm OPF Partners and a three-way partnership with Australian firm Gadens and Singapore firm Rodyk & Davidson.Meanwhile US firm McGuireWoods has announced its plans to expand into the Chinese market through a ‘strategic alliance’ with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners.As of 1 December, the newly launched FuJae will provide legal and business counsel to state-owned and private Chinese companies and foreign companies doing business in China.last_img read more

Court refuses to let claimant backtrack on £5k settlement mistake

first_imgMatthew TurnerTurner added: ‘This decision provides helpful clarification but should serve as a warning to claimants and defendants alike: be very careful when submitting offers via the portal, because even the greatest mistakes will be permanent.’Lawyers for the claimant in Mahoney realised the mistake they had made and contacted the opposing solicitors to attempt to withdraw the offer and return the money, including by sending a cheque for the same sum which the defendant refused to accept. The defendant maintained that the matter had been compromised when it accepted the claimant’s offer via the portal.In court, the claimant issued Part 7 proceedings to effectively restart the claim, which the defendant sought to have struck out. Defence lawyers relied on judgments in similar cases, notably Fitton v Ageas, where the court had found that the doctrine of mistake could not and should not apply to portal claims. In Fitton, His Honour Judge Parker ruled that the claimant, who had mistakenly accepted an offer lower than they wanted, had settled the claim within the meaning of the protocol. The judge said that while this might lead to ‘rough justice’ on occasion, the overall benefits of the system far outweighed the negatives. A personal injury claimant who mistakenly settled for one tenth the figure they intended has been told they must accept the outcome of the error.The ruling of Deputy District Judge Doman, sitting at Truro County Court, in Mahoney v Royal Mail is further evidence of the court’s refusal to apply the common law doctrine of mistake to claims going through the portal.In the ruling, not published but reported by Crown Office Chambers here, it was outlined that liability had been admitted and the parties started to exchange offer through the portal process.The claimant initially offered £5,750 and the defendant responded with £4,000. The claimant’s representatives then submitted a counter-offer of £550 instead of £5,550, which the defendant promptly accepted and paid via BACS.Matthew Turner, who acted for the successful defendant in Mahoney, said the case raised two interesting points: firstly that Doman considered it did not matter the defendant knew the claimant had made a mistake, and secondly that the magnitude of the mistake was ‘neither here nor there’. To apply the doctrine of mistake, the judge had ruled, would lead to disproportionate satellite litigation and the cost of rectifying the error would likely exceed the cost of the mistake. last_img read more

MTR Nordic awarded Swedish train paths

first_imgSWEDEN: In the draft timetable for 2014, MTR Nordic has been awarded nine Stockholm – Göteborg train paths each way on weekdays as well as weekend paths, with the majority starting on August 25 2014. Citytåget i Sverige has been awarded four weekday paths in each direction as well as weekend paths from March 2014. Incumbent SJ stands to lose the two daily train paths for slower inter-city trains, but will keep its express trains on the route. There are to be no changes to Skandinaviska Järnbanor’s Stockholm – Göteborg services. Six passenger routes have been scheduled for new or increased traffic. This includes Hector Rail’s plans to start a Stockholm – Sundsvall service, and the reinstatement of SJ’s Malmö – Göteborg express. Svenska Tågkompaniet and Tx-Logistik have also been awarded new paths. Infrastructure manager Trafikverket has asked for opinions on the draft timetable by August 8.last_img read more