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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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Losing an election I can take in my stride but please spare me the regular sermons from Tony Holland. Although I normally disagree with virtually everything he says I have resisted the urge to respond, but one of his recent columns contained two statements which are such fine examples of Law Society-speak that I can’t […]

In brief: Shipping firm clerk sails off with £40,000

A former book-keeper at shipping law practice Zaiwalla & Co stole £40,000 from the firm, forged the senior partner’s signature to open a bank account, and gave a former employee £1,800 without permission, a tribunal heard. The Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal has banned Brian Brown from being employed in the profession without Law Society consent. Brown, […]

Run courts for customers, says Boateng

The courts must no longer be run at the convenience of judges and lawyers, and “if they don’t like it they can lump it”. That was Labour legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng’s uncompromising message to the joint Law Society and Legal Aid Practitioners Group conference on legal aid, which was held last Thursday. He called […]

What is the matter with the CCBE?

As the proposed directive on Rights of Establishment trundles through various European channels, it transpires that the CCBE has only now sent a letter of support to the Council of Ministers. The letter, written by President Ramon Mullerat, said that the directive was “closely akin” to the position of the majority of the CCBE’s delegations. […]

US advocacy rules supreme

Michael Bowes’ article on the “revolutionary method” of advocacy teaching introduced by the Australian judiciary rightly pointed out the faults in the old “observe and learn methods” and that advocacy cannot be learned from reading. However, I feel compelled to correct him in his view that this innovative method hails from Australia. Indeed, what he […]

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