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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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In brief: City of London Law Soc supports Mears

The City of London Law Society has spoken out in support of Law Society president Martin Mears’ right to pursue his agenda. The City society’s president, Stuart Beare, said it was concerned about the problems being faced by law firms up and down the country. He said: “Whether or not one agrees with the president’s […]

Firm claims a first in East Europe

Baker & McKenzie has advised on a deal which saw the first Western European company listed on an Eastern European stock exchange. It represented ING Barings and Creditanstaldt Investment Bank as underwriters of a $83 million international offering of shares in Cofinec, a French packaging group. Following the shares sale, Cofinec was admitted to the […]

Making the net work for you

Publishing on the Net is growing at an enormous pace and could prove a valuable way of advertising your firm’s services as well as saving money, reports Chris Davis In Europe, companies spend an estimated 22.5 billion ECU each year on publishing. It is an area that can benefit immensely from using the information superhighway, […]

In brief: London lawyer heads for Bosnia

Partner at London firm Watson Farley & Williams Nick Towle has been appointed to assist the reconstruction of Bosnia’s telecommunications sector. He is believed to be the first English lawyer in private practice to have visited Bosnia since the peace agreement last December. Towle is joining a team of consultants appointed by the European Bank […]

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