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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 […]

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The work-life quiz

Michael Laver, managing partner, Stevens & Bolton What was your first ever job? When I was 16 I sold fruit and veg from a market stall in Guildford. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Taking a statement from an 18-year-old who had just lost both legs in a motorbike accident Where’s the best place […]

Rental market saturates as top City firms try to offload space

A slew of law firms has returned excess office space to the rental market while rental prices are still rock-bottom, after overestimating their spatial needs. Hammonds is trying to sublet 10,000sq ft at Devonshire Square, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wants to offload 17,900sq ft over three floors at 22 Tudor Street. The Freshfields space was previously sublet to Berwin […]

Lord Chancellor underlines commitment to Law Commission

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, announced on Friday (29 October) that Hugh Beale QC has been reappointed as a Law Commissioner for a second term. Beale is a professor of law at Warwick University and was appointed as honorary silk in 2002. He specialises in contract law. Lord Falconer said the appointment underlined the value […]

Bar char

Like the class system, the division between blue-blood barristers and scummy solicitors refuses to die – at least in the unfathomable world of barristers’ clerks. The true status of the lowly solicitor was evident recently at Quadrant Chambers, which was playing host to an arbitration. A group of solicitors had rented a room and, after […]

Kirkland launches in Germany with CC team

Kirkland & Ellis is set to raid Clifford Chance to launch its first German office. Highly-rated private equity specialist Volker Kullman is understood to be in negotiations to join Kirkland, where he will spearhead the firm’s push into Munich. Kullman has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 1999 and was instrumental in the development […]

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