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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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A series of independent reports which implicated solicitors at Westminster City Council in a £7m lessees bill blunder has been thrown out by councillors. Councillors from both the minority Labour party and majority Conservative Party are unhappy with two reports from consultants which said a failure to bill leaseholders for repairs and maintenance over a […]

Justice voices concern over power of DPR

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Bar optimistic about video links

Alison Laferla reports When the Bar Council took the brave step of investing £70,000 in video conferencing equipment in 1991 it was soon apparent that the council was rather more avant-garde than its members. In fact, lawyers revealed themselves to be rather reluctant to use the new technology and, according to video conference studio manager […]

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Last year media and entertainment mega-deals had to compete for editorial space with less stellar transactions, as the sector moved towards predator consolidation and diversification at all levels. The year began with the £3bn MAI acquisition of United News and Media. The merger created one of the biggest media combines in the UK and one […]

EC tightens the screw on mergers and monopolies

Companies doing business in Europe and their advisers are eagerly awaiting to hear the future of merger control regulation in Europe. One of the key questions has been whether the present threshold above which mergers have to be notified to the EC’s competition directorate, DGIV, will be lowered. In November, an amendment to reduce thresholds, […]

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