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Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in S Franses v The 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 […]

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: New Birmingham office for Eversheds

NatWest Group has pre-let 80,000 sq ft of office space in Birmingham to Eversheds. The space is the first phase of the redevelopment of the city’s Colmore Centre. The firm, which is already a tenant of NatWest in the centre, will move into the building on completion of the development in 1998. The demolition of […]

Time for consensus not confrontation

Tony Twemlow is a partner at Cuff Roberts and president of the Liverpool Law Society. Tony Twemlow thinks that divisive Law Society politics serve no one’s interests David Thomas (The Lawyer 23 October ‘Time is ripe for constructive debate’) asked Martin Mears to stop fighting the Law Society Council and start building bridges. I may […]

Call for reinforcements

A company trying to sell a product with a naff brand name learns to change it pretty quickly. And so it was that at this year’s AGM in April, the Locum Solicitors Group became the Freelance Solicitors Group. Derek Wilkes, group chair, says: “There is a prejudice against the word ‘locum’. It implies the person […]

Put five-year term to a vote

The logic in Mr Mark Curron’s letter is flawed (The Lawyer 31 October). I understand the distinction between the duties of president and secretary general. But why cannot the two roles be combined? It seems to work well in the US. While I feel that presidents should serve a five-year term, they will be elected […]

Family lawyers rally to Mackay's defence

FAMILY lawyers have come out in support of the Lord Chancellor as he faces mounting pressure from Tory backbenchers to drop his radical plans for divorce reform. The Solicitors Family Law Association has criticised the press and MPs leading the attack on Lord Mackay, saying claims that no-fault divorce would devalue the institution of marriage […]

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