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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 […]



Clifford Chance death row appeal flounders

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Clifford Chance on behalf of America’s longest-serving death row inmate, Jack Alderman. The firm had argued that Alderman, convicted in 1974 for the murder of his wife, was the victim of ineffective counselling in his original trial. Alderman has consistently maintained his innocence. Clifford Chance partner […]

Law Soc president allays fears over lack of independence under Legal Services Act

The president of the Law Society Andrew Holyrood believes the Legal Services Act will enhance the independence of the legal profession. Speaking today (1 October) in his opening of the legal year address, Holyrood’s remarks were in stark contrast to the speech made by his predecessor Fiona Woolf 12 months ago. This time last year […]

BLP axes Kramer Levin transatlantic alliance

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and New York firm Kramer Levin have ditched their formal alliance after nearly five years of cooperation, The Lawyer can reveal. The association was set up in October 2002 and was seen by both firms as a prelude to a full merger, but it came to an end earlier this year […]

Cadwalader launches IP practice

New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched an IP practice, raiding IP firm Morgan & Finnegan for a trio of senior lawyers. The initial raid is the first step as the firm looks to roll out an IP practice across all of its offices, which include London and Beijing. Partner Christopher Hughes joins […]

Partnership splits as Linklaters axes Cologne

Linklaters.jpg” alt=”Partnership splits as Linklaters axes Cologne” />Linklaters has axed its Cologne office, the birthplace of German legacy firm Oppenhoff & Rädler with which Linklaters merged in 2001. The closure follows a dispute over the firm’s German strategy after Linklaters opted to open in Dusseldorf. Linklaters released a statement that said: “A number of partners […]

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