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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 […]


Kentridge set for court battle with Bush over Guantanamo

Three English barristers, including Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, are set to go face-to-face with the might of George Bush’s legal team in a direct challenge to his policies at Guantanamo Bay. Kentridge, whose long career of conducting landmark human rights cases stretches back to representing Nelson Mandela in 1961, will be joined by Colin Nicholls […]

Willkie Farr loses Paris rainmaker

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has lost high-profile corporate partner Michel Frieh. Frieh, a specialist in leveraged and management buyouts, is understood to be leaving for a leading UK firm’s Paris office. At this stage, Frieh’s destination is unknown, although likely contenders are Allen & Overy, which could be looking to add a private equity specialist […]


HSBC Bank USA hires new general counsel

HSBC Bank USA has appointed former general counsel of Household Inter-national Janet Burak as senior executive vice-president and as its new general counsel and corporate secretary. Burak will hold the same title and position for HSBC’s US bank holding company HSBC USA. She replaces senior executive vice-president and corporate secretary Philip Toohey and senior executive vice-president Paul Lee. […]

Slaughters concludes management reshuffle

Slaughter and May has completed its firmwide management reorganisation, with Chris Saul (right) taking over as head of corporate from Nigel Boardman. The changearound also includes a new head of finance in Andrew Balfour, who takes over from Richard Slater, while tax leader Steve Edge stepped down to be succeeded by Tony Beare. Elizabeth Barrett […]

Law firms give thousands for Democratic presidential bid

US law firms are throwing their weight behind Democratic candidate John Kerry by contributing over a quarter of a million dollars to the presidential challenger’s campaign funds. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has emerged as the top contributor to Kerry’s campaign, giving $105,650. Of Kerry’s top ten fund-raiders, four are law firms including Piper […]

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