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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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Bar Council rules against

PARTNERSHIPS for barristers are ruled out for the foreseeable future, under proposed changes to Bar Council rules. But public direct access for all non-contentious work is under consideration as well as permission to engage in direct contact with clients, according to the package of measures laid before the Bar Council in its last meeting. The […]

Foot & Bowden steps up expansion in office move

FOOT & Bowden has bought the Plymouth city centre offices of Television South West for a knockdown u700,000. The book value of the offices was estimated at u1.25 million. Joint senior partner Tony Holland says: “This building has enormous potential. It will allow us to plan long-term growth. “There had been a period of uncertainty […]

Group advises on laundering training

A training programme from the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group on new government regulations, similar to those used by the financial sector, has been produced for solicitors . It comprises a video explaining how money is laundered, the regulations and impact on solicitors, computer-based training including testing, and a staff guide for reference and reinforcement. […]

Changes are for the better

As a member of the LGC and an erstwhile local government lawyer, now in private practice, I would hope that local government lawyers are eagerly awaiting the final reports from the commission, due this autumn, and subsequently the decision of the Secretary of the State for the Environment on these reports which have to be […]

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