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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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Firm plays its cards right with credit deal

Clifford Chance broke new legal ground when it advised on the UK’s first-ever credit card-backed securitisation. A team headed by finance partner Chris Field acted for MBNA International Bank, the second-biggest credit card issue in the US, in a £207.5 million securitisation of credit card cash flow (receivables). “It was a highly challenging transaction in […]

LCD considers QC's future as recorder

THE LORD Chancellor’s Department is considering the future of David Cocks QC as a recorder following complaints made to the Bar Council about his role in the Roger Levitt fraud trial. The complaint centres on allegations that Cocks, prosecution counsel for the Serious Fraud Office on Levitt and head of chambers at 5 King’s Bench […]

Set buys space for expansion drive

BARRISTERS’ set 29 Bedford Row has expanded its office space by half through acquiring the lease of its neighbours, Yorkshire Television. The purchase of the lease of 31 Bedford Row was prompted by Yorkshire TV’s decision to abandon its London offices following its merger with Tyne Tees Television and the rationalisation of its London office […]

City showdown for Fisons takeover bid

Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy are squaring up in the £1.7 billion hostile takeover bid for Fisons by US drugs company Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (RPR). Slaughters’ team, acting for RPR, is led by corporate partner Tim Clark, who headed the firm’s team for investment bank Kleinwort Benson in its £1 billion acquisition by German […]

Music row makes crescendo to High Court

In August we spotlighted a music industry row over the name of 60s group The Hollies. That dispute has now been settled, giving the group all they were seeking including undisclosed damages. But in the wake of the settlement, the solicitor who handled the case, Brian Eagles of Nabarro Nathanson, says two new actions are […]

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