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Roberts case – a summary

The name of this case may seem familiar; perhaps too familiar given the time it usually takes for matters to proceed through our court system. However, you’d be right. This is the third preliminary issue in the matter of Harry Roberts (a minor and a protected party by his mother and litigation friend Mrs Lauren […]

Covid-19: Duties of Guernsey directors

As companies continue to adjust to operating under the various regimes put in place by both the States of Guernsey and governments globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even now look forward to how and when restrictions may be eased, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (the GFSC) has issued guidance on matters they believe directors should give particular regard to when undertaking their role.

Retrospective submission of a contract of sale

On 8 May, 2020, the Supreme Court of Cyprus delivered its much-awaited judgement in the context of the appeal 68/19 (Appeal), granting leave for the submission of an application for the issuance of a Certiorari, a prerogative writ.

Covid-19 litigation update

New Practice Direction 51ZA Extension of Time Limits and Clarification of PD51Y Almost three weeks ago saw the publication of the 118th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules. This new practice direction, namely practice Direction 51ZA, sought to revise the usual procedures for the extension of time limits and to provide clarification on […]



Speechly Bircham wins MFI administration mandate

Troubled furniture chain MFI has gone into administration, despite a last-ditch rescue attempt by its management, with Speechly Bircham getting the call from administrators MCR. Speechly Bircham private equity partner Andrew Clarke has been advising the MFI management throughout the crisis. Last month the company’s private equity owners, Merchant Equity Partner sold the business back […]


Mayer Brown, Wachtell lead in Chevy Chase sale

Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have snared key roles advising on US bank Capital One’s acquisition of Chevy Chase Bank. Partner Ed Herlihy led a team from Wachtell advising Capital One on the $520m acquisition, while Mayer Brown partners Jim Carlson and Scott Anenberg advised Chevy Chase. Latham partner […]

Central Europe Special Report: Close courters

As international firms turn their attention to Asia and the Middle East, their Viennese counterparts have increased their efforts in Central and Eastern Europe. By Chris Crowe Under the heavy gloom of the global financial crisis, the Austrian legal elite have stayed resolute. Despite the economic malaise, Austria’s legal market remains intent on furthering its […]

Accusations stall Lincolnshire hire

The appointment of a new legal chief for Lincolnshire County Council’s pioneering in-house practice has been thrown into doubt by allegations from a former colleague. Northamptonshire County Council legal head Chris Whittington was due to take the top job at Lincolnshire Shared Legal Services, which will be run as a ­standalone practice from early next […]


RJW: Hiring?

It is refreshing to learn that while many firms are wielding the big redundancy axe, there are still firms that are trying to buck the trend and anticipate measured growth during the recession. Russell Jones & Walker is one of them. RJW had its own slump in 2002, when it made 40 redundancies and shut […]

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