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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 […]


Linklaters’ losses unlikely to upset firm’s Big Apple cart

The roles were reversed within the magic circle in New York last week. While Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance made their presences felt with new lateral hires, Linklaters suffered its first group defection. Linklaters’ loss of three lawyers in its New York office, including US head of corporate Mark Palmer just two years […]

Pillsbury overhauls management team

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has overhauled its management team, electing real estate partner James Rishwain as chairman and installing a new board. Stephen Hutler, managing partner of Shaw Pittman before its merger with Pillsbury Winthrop, becomes executive vice chairman. Hutler and Rishwain will lead the firm, taking over from chair Mary Cranston and managing partner […]

Carrefour fined in China piracy case

In the first high-profile piracy dispute between two Western companies in China, a Shanghai court has fined French retailer Carrefour £25,000 for selling fake Louis Vuitton handbags. At fault was Carrefour’s supplier policy, which the company’s central management had delegated to individual branch supervisors. The judge blasted the procedure, criticising it for being so lax […]

Writing wrongs

Feeling burnt out? Depressed? Disheartened? Obviously what you’re missing in your life is a little corporate spiritualism. A new book claims that the way to deal with the pressures of modern living is to “embrace spiritual principles in the workplace”. Right. According to the blurb, if we do this we will “move in leaps and […]

Linklaters outstrips A&O, Lovells in newly qualified salary stakes

Lovells has raised newly-qualifieds’ salaries by 6 per cent to overtake Allen & Overy (A&O), but it still trails Linklaters as this year’s first associate salary hikes are revealed. Lovells has increased its newly-qualifieds’ salaries from £50,000 to £53,000. The firm has also increased its performance-related bonus for all associates from a maximum of 20 […]

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