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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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Overriding interests

Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond tries to separate the church from the chancel ahead of some key changes that are due to come in next October 13 October 2013. A significant date and not only because it’s my birthday. It’s the date on which certain overriding interests will lose their overriding status at the stroke […]

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LG and Slaughters finalise £1.2bn Cove Energy takeover

Lawrence Graham (LG) and Slaughter and May have advised on the £1.22bn takeover of Cove Energy by PTTEP Africa Investment after Clifford Chance client Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of the bidding. LG advised Cove, an Africa-focused oil and gas group with a valuable interest in an offshore natural gas source. The firm fielded a […]

Ex-A&O partner rearrested on child pornography charges

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Edward De Sear has been arrested for a second time on child pornography offences. De Sear, who worked in A&O’s capital markets group in New York, was arrested on Thursday 23 August and indicted on additional charges of collecting and distributing images of child pornography, according to reports on […]

Pinsent Masons cuts 47 jobs in post-merger redundancies

Pinsent Masons has completed its post-merger redundancy consultation among support staff, with 47 losing their jobs. Pinsents began the redundancy consultation in June (25 June 2012) when around 40 back office staff were expected to lose their jobs. The firm said the consultation was a result of its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors, which created […]

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