Matthew Somervell, Finance Director Morgan Law Partners LLP
Harry [Hodgkin] took on our brief and responded quickly with all the skill and expertise required. He was quick to appreciate and deal with the commercial issues involved, which were of paramount importance to us.
David Brown, Partner Wartnaby Hefford
I have instructed Harry [Hodgkin] for a number of years. He is an excellent advocate with great courtroom presence. However, it is Harry's work outside court that particularly sets him apart. He is very quick to grasp the legal and factual issues. His rapid and accurate assessment of practical and commercial considerations allows cases to progress on a realistic and sound footing with an increased likelihood of settlement. He is accessible and personable both with professional and lay clients.
Peter Beckerley, Managing Director Rausa Mumford
Harry Hodgkin's extensive knowledge of the law, applied to the highest professional standard, has enabled me to take my commercial litigation practice to new levels. Harry has that rare ability of being able to dissect the most daunting legal issue, and make it appear effortless.
Sir Peter Cresswell Retired Judge acting as mediator
Harry Hodgkin represented one party in a difficult mediation in an exemplary manner. A settlement of the complicated dispute followed as a result of his helpful, sensible and practical approach.
D.P. Public Access client
Harry [Hodgkin] did a fantastic job on our behalf. We were amazed how he managed to get his head around all the facts in such a short time scale.
The effect of serving a notice to complete and making time of the essence of the contract can be misunderstood, as this case illustrates. Service of a notice to complete does not make time of the essence on an ongoing basis. Service of a notice to complete fixes a date for performance. Failure to perform by the date that has been fixed constitutes a repudiatory breach of contract. The innocent party can elect not to accept that repudiation and so the contract continues. The basis of that non-acceptance may be that a new date for completion is agreed. Whether time is of the essence in relation to that new date will depend on the facts and the basis upon which the new date is agreed. The defaulting party cannot unilaterally re-write the terms of the agreement, for example, by offering late performance.