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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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Osborne Clarke hires fourth Coudert partner

Osborne Clarke’s Frankfurt office has poached a banking partner from Coudert Schürmann, bringing the total number of partners it has taken from the firm to four Stefan Bauer, who will focus on the banking and financial service sector servicing, will be the first full-time banking partner in Frankfurt.As well as advising German clients, Bauer has […]

Simmons in merger talks with Watson Farley

Simmons & Simmons is in merger discussions with Watson Farley & Williams to create a 1,000-fee-earner firm with combined revenues of over £200m The two firms hope that the merger will create a leading finance practice by combining Simmons’ capital markets practice with Watson Farley’s asset finance strength. The negotiations – kept secret for several […]

Jeff Gordon in shock departure from Marconi

Marconi Corporation global general counsel Jeff Gordon has left the company The official line on Gordon’s departure is that he left on Friday (8 March) by mutual agreement and that the move comes as a result of internal firmwide cost-cutting exercises. His position in the UK as worldwide head of legal will not be filled. […]

Blakes lures Deacons employment partner

Top Australian firm Blake Dawson Waldron has poached key employment partner Steve Bennett from Brisbane rival Deacons Bennett is taking with him a senior associate, two other lawyers and support staff. The departures reduce the size of Deacons’ Brisbane employment practice by two-thirds.Bennett has already started work at Blakes, having been in negotiation with the […]

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