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Snapshot: starting civil proceedings in Guernsey

Civil litigation procedure in Guernsey is governed by The Royal Court Civil Rules 2007 (“RCCR”). All commercial disputes with a value over £10,000 will be heard in The Royal Court of Guernsey, disputes with a lower value, known as Petty Debts, are dealt with in the Magistrate’s Court.

UK legal experts comment on Budget 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today set out plans for the future in the 2021 Budget – here, legal experts at Shoosmiths offer their views on these announcements.


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Dentons and Linklaters clinch £50m HMV takeover for Hilco

Dentons and Linklaters have led the advice on the sale of HMV to restructuring specialist Hilco UK, which was confirmed last Friday (5 April) just under three months after the retailer went into administration. The music and DVD seller’s UK retail business has been sold to Hilco for an undisclosed amount reported to be in […]

Salans advises as Hilco buys struggling HMV’s debt

Salans has advised restructuring specialist Hilco in its purchase of HMV’s £176m debt. Corporate partner Jonathan Polin is instructed by Hilco, which is now working alongside the administrators of the struggling high street music and DVD retailer as they review the business. Polin has previously acted for an investment group led by Hilco UK on […]


MoFo wins instruction from creditors on HMV administration

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has taken a role advising a group of creditors on the administration of HMV, as reports surface suggesting the music retailer could still be rescued by a buyer. City litigation partner Jonathan Wheeler is leading a MoFo team acting for a roster of HMV’s supplier creditors including Warner Music UK, Paramount […]


Linklaters takes dual role as HMV enters administration

Linklaters has been instructed by both the administrators and the banks as high street entertainment company HMV enters administration following rejection of a new funding deal. HMV called in Deloitte partners Nick Edwards, Neville Kahn and Rob Harding as administrators late last night (14 January), after the company’s suppliers declined to provide around £300m in […]

Reed Smith bags Nabarro trio for City funds launch

Reed Smith has launched a London investment funds practice with the hire of ­former Nabarro partner and barrister Dale Gabbert. Gabbert, who joins as a partner, will bring with him associates Winston Penhall and Matthew Pitman. He will advise funds including private equity, property and hedge funds on investment management, corporate and regulatory issues. Reed […]

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