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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 […]


A case full of systems

As the partner in charge of IT you are given a mission to buy a case management system. Your markets constantly demand higher quality and greater efficiency. You need workflows that redefine your working practices, with key reminder dates providing slick production of intelligent documentation. Obviously, you need to report with flexibility, but in today’s […]

The people’s lawyer

Vanessa Pawsey talks to Thompsons chief executive Geoff Shears, and asks whether the firm’s corporate direction is a move away from its traditional ‘ordinary person’ image Geoff Shears, the new chief executive of Thompsons, definitely appears cool, calm and collected. But he may not be as calm as he appears. It quickly becomes apparent that […]

The giant client

Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite If football is anything to go by, then telecoms company NTL is an acquisitive beast. Just look at the number of teams it is sponsoring this season – Aston Villa, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Rangers. So at first glance, an observer could be forgiven for thinking that NTL does the […]

NTL/Travers Smith Braithwaite: TIMELINE

Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite 1996 Partnerships with Virgin Communications and the Consumers’ Association to deliver Virgin Net and Which? Online. 1996 International CableTel acquires National Transcommunications Limited (NTL). 1997 International CableTel adopts NTL name for whole company. 1998 NTL acquires Comcast UK, adding 1.1 million equity homes, 210,000 residential cable telephony customers, 160,000 residential cable television […]

Brobeck opens Munich practice with IT focus

US firm swoops on Germany; nets four partners for January launch US firm, Brobeck Hale and Dorr is opening an office in Munich, as it continues to target European technology centres. A total of four Munich-based corporate technology lawyers will join the firm as partners when the office opens on 1 January 2001. Hubert Besner, […]

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