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Supreme Court hands down judgment in S Franses v Cavendish Hotel case

By Kirsty Black, Lucy Shepherd A landlord can defeat a lease renewal on development grounds only where it intends to carry out the works whether or not the tenant is in occupation. The Supreme Court has handed down its eagerly-awaited judgment in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the facts of which we covered in our […]

No clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law – Supreme Court

By Martin Thomas, Şenay Nihat, David Wigy The Supreme Court handed down judgment today in London Borough of Southwark and another v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 – finding that that there is no clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law. Rather, the meaning of ‘highway’ depends on the context in which it is used, […]

Why all Guernsey homeowners need to make a will

By Alison Ricketts, Martyn Baudains Over the last ten years significant changes have been made to Guernsey’s laws of succession, the effects of which may be overlooked by some homeowners. Prior to 2008 if you were married with ‘legitimate’ children (children born during your marriage) and died without having made a will then your houses and land, […]

At-a-glance guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney

By Victoria Grogan, Simon Lofthouse, Fiona Lilleyman, Stephanie Button After a much-needed reform in the law, people in Jersey can now create Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) to record their decisions and intentions about their assets and care, so that if they lose mental capacity, their wishes will still be respected. Similar legislation has existed […]

Government’s call for evidence on the case for a dedicated Housing Court

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