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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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Irwin Mitchell tax group branches out into new venture

Irwin Mitchell’s tax team has broken away to set up a specialist company 4 Eyes Ltd. The new entity will specialise in VAT and customs duties, and boasts a strong tribunal practice as well as a VAT compliance and planning function. The split from Irwin Mitchell was “entirely amicable” and 4 Eyes has taken a […]

Ashurst takes on QC for Co-op retrial

Ashurst has appointed Stuart Catchpole QC of 39 Essex Street to litigate the retrial of the Co-op’s epic case against Fujitsu Services. Catchpole takes over from Christopher Carr QC of One Essex Court, who was counsel for the Co-op’s successful appeal against Mr Justice Seymour’s outrageous first instance judgment. Richard Mawrey QC of Henderson Chambers […]

Dechert taps Morgan Lewis for securitisation haul

Dechert has swooped on Morgan Lewis & Bockius, taking an eight-lawyer securitisation team including the former chairman of the group. Steven Molitor, a partner with Morgan Lewis for over 10 years, this week led the team of attorneys to Dechert’s Philadelphia office. During his time at Morgan Lewis before which he practised with New York’s […]

Osborne Clarke astounds with 30 per cent profit hike

Osborne Clarke has announced a record set of financial year figures, with provisional profits per partner (PPP) rising by 30 per cent. Profits have risen to £303,000 from £233,000 in 2002/3003. The hike takes the firm back above 2001/2002 levels, when the firm recorded profits of £270,000. Revenue for the 2003/2004 financial year is up […]

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