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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

By Karl Anders Housing Management & Litigation expert Karl Anders explains the Government’s call for evidence on the case for a dedicated Housing Court. Have your say by 22 January 2019. Call for Evidence: the case for a Housing Court The UK Government has publicised its commitment to ensuring that everyone, whether they rent or own their home, […]

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Client chequebook scheme for firms

The Royal Bank of Scotland has launched a banking service which it hopes will transform the way lawyers deal with private client finance. In an attempt to steal a march on the competition, the bank is targeting top law firms with a computerised system, Roybank, that allows lawyers to create and manage bank accounts for […]

Linklaters' derivatives expert goes to City rival

City-based firm Clifford Chance has poached derivatives lawyer Claude Brown from Linklaters & Paines. Brown, who will focus on developing new derivatives products, largely over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives in emerging markets, said of his move: “In today’s global derivatives market, it is the genuinely global law firm which is best placed to meet clients’ needs. “I […]

'Two strikes' proposal could undermine Scots legal system

The integrity of the Scottish legal system could be compromised if Government proposals on crime and punishment are implemented north of the border, Scotland’s most senior judge has warned. In his last address before becoming an appeal judge in the House of Lords, the Lord President and Lord Justice General of Scotland, Lord Hope of […]

LEI market sees a new dawn

The legal expenses insurance market is bouncing back after years of uncertainty, disappointment and crippling losses for providers. Insurers got their fingers burnt in the early 1990s when they first offered comprehensive legal expenses insurance. The upshot was a flood of expensive court actions by people the insurers branded as litigious by nature. Many smaller […]

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