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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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Appeal Court slates Carter-Ruck on giant fees in Telegraph case

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Leading Chancery set Maitland Chambers is understood to be in merger talks with Michael Driscoll QC’s 9 Old Square. The talks, which if successful would create the largest Chancery set with 66 tenants, are believed to be at an advanced stage. It would also thrust Maitland closer to the magic circle of commercial sets. In […]

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Arnold & Porter has recruited a senior European Union (EU) competition official as the second partner in its Brussels office. Luc Gyselen’s appointment indicates that the “revolving door” policy where anti-trust officials in the US switch easily between public service and private practice, is being pioneered by US firms in Brussels. Last year Cleary Gottlieb […]

Addleshaw Goddard accelerates City growth plan

Addleshaw Goddard is aiming to strengthen its London projects practice with the addition of a new partner. Richard Guit will boost the number of partners in the City group to seven when he moves to Addleshaw Goddard from CMS Cameron McKenna in June. Nationally the firm has 10 full time PFI and projects partners. The […]

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