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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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Judgment in the divorce of Arsenal footballer Ray Parlour is expected from the Court of Appeal in mid-June. Should the court decide in Karen Parlour’s favour, the decision is likely to have far-reaching consequences for maintenance in high net income divorces, and represent a significant increase in the threshold for maintenance awards. Ray and Karen […]

Retail therapy

The Philip Green bid for M&S is just the latest twist in the ongoing saga that is the retail sector. Joanne O’Connor talks to four of the industry’s key in-house lawyers It is a rare day in the financial press when retailers are not dominating the headlines. Financial performance, a spate of acquisitions, competition inquiries […]

Lovells splits group for asbestos onslaught

Lovells has split its contentious insurance, professional indemnity and environment group in preparation for an anticipated rise in asbestos claims. The reorganisation sees the non-contentious environmental litigation group, headed by partner Louise Moore, join the corporate department, while the two-partner pensions litigation team will be absorbed into banking and finance. Insurance partners John Trotter and […]

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Linda Urquhart, chief executive, Morton Fraser, Edinburgh What was your first ever job?Sales assistant in a record shop. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Being pitched into a Court of Session case that had been ill-prepared and with no proper briefing. Counsel ended up growling at me as he was being asked difficult questions […]

BNP legal head makes second departure for private practice

The former head of legal at BNP Paribas in Switzerland has left the investment bank for a second time to return to private practice, after moving to Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry. Gilles Thieffry, a former member of the executive board in the Swiss office of BNP Paribas will join Pestalozzi’s Geneva office today (1 June) as […]

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