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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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CHINA is likely to shirk its duty to report on human rights in Hong Kong when it takes control of the colony next year, the worlds’ leading lawyers are warning. The warning comes in the wake of China’s refusal to allow eight Hong Kong protesters to enter the country to present a petition demanding safeguards […]

Talks tackle 'homes for votes' implications

Helen Sage reports The licensing of sex shops and the legal implications of the Westminster ‘homes for votes’ scandals are among subjects included in the Law Society’s latest programme of courses for local government lawyers. The training unit of the local government group, which spearheaded training for local authorities on how to win CCT, has […]

Fund for societies attacked

A CHALLENGE fund set up by Chancery Lane to help local law societies pay for new initiatives has been dismissed as a “sop” by the president of one of the country’s largest societies. The Law Society has invited local societies across the country to apply for a slice of the £25,000 fund by submitting projects […]

Sun sets on an eastern future

Historically, Hong Kong has been an attractive alternative for UK lawyers wishing to gain international experience while continuing to practise English law. For those who wanted to remain with a City or London firm, yet sought to sample life in the Far East, the opportunities in Hong Kong seemed at times almost boundless. However, during […]

Firms go on Moscow recruitment drive to counter skills shortage

A SERIOUS shortage of experienced lawyers is taking the shine off the rapid growth of international law firms in Russia. Managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Moscow office Paul Melling said there were about 40 Western offices in the city and they all had recruitment problems. He said there was a shortage of bilingual lawyers […]

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