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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 […]


Hutton Inquiry star quits CC for Field Fisher

Clifford Chance’s Martin Smith has quit the firm where he made his name working on the Hutton Inquiry to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) as a partner. Clifford Chance’s head of public policy practice Michael Smyth, who sent Smith to work on full-time secondment to the Inquiry, said that he had lost a good lawyer […]

Taylor Wessing opens first Dubai base

Taylor Wessing has established its first permanent presence in Dubai, which it hopes to expand after Christmas. International arbitration head and construction partner Peter Shaw will be based in Dubai full time in the offices of Dubai firm Key & Dixon, with which Taylor Wessing has had a formal association since 2002. The main areas […]

Lovells hires two for Spanish tax offering

Lovells has launched a standalone tax practice in Spain with the appointments of the former Spanish director general of taxation Miguel Ángel Sánchez (left) and former deputy director general of tax policy Alfonso Padilla. Sánchez, who will be based in Madrid from 2 November, joins as a partner with former colleague Padilla. The hires are […]

Goodman Derrick seals Berger Oliver merger

London law firms Goodman Derrick and Berger Oliver have agreed to merge. The merger, which will take affect from January 2005, will result in Berger Oliver property partners Simon Mapstone, Simon Catt and Guy Martin joining Goodman Derrick as partners. Berger Oliver’s litigation partner Paul McAndrews will become a consultant at the merged firm. The […]

Skeletons for the closet

Opening arguments are far longer in the UK than in the US and long may this continue. By John McDonnell QC The opening speech by Sir John Duke Coleridge (attorney-general, 1871-1873) on behalf of the trustees of the Tichborne Estate was said to be the longest speech on record; but it has been easily surpassed […]

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