Latest Briefings

Court of Appeal rules in favour of landlords

The Deregulation Act 2015 (the DA) and its Regulations significantly extended the obligations of landlords in the residential rental sector. The Act was of equal significance to fixed charge receivers who automatically assume the landlord’s legal duties to the tenant upon appointment.

Cayman Islands Funds Update: Q2 2020

This briefing provides a summary of a number of recent changes to laws and regulations which have been enacted in the Cayman Islands over the last quarter which impact, or will impact, Cayman Islands funds.

Examination of the relationship between e-sports and violence

It is of great importance to examine acts of violence resulting from the competitive environment in e-sport games where the games are played individually as well as a team, also where the physical and mental attributions are prominent, and the legal character of such acts. The sanctions for acts of violence caused by e-sports players or third parties involving in the games without playing are, in general, determined by the respective publishers of the game based on the tournament rules.

Upper Tribunal revisits “What is an HMO?”

It is vital that landlords, tenants and local authorities all understand when a property should properly be classed as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). The Upper Tribunal has recently revisited this issue as it affects blocks of self-contained flats in the case of Hastings Borough Council v Turner.


Scene set for international court

THE ESTABLISHMENT of a new International Criminal Court could be approved by the end of the year if a resolution put to the International Bar Association council is accepted. In a proposal due to go before the council’s 156 members last weekend, IBA president J Ross Harper says the court would have subject-matter jurisdiction over […]

Deacon's wife sues ex-partners of firm

EX-PARTNERS of Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG), the collapsed Liverpool legal aid firm now in liquidation, are being sued for negligence by the wife of former partner David Deacon. The action is likely to become a claim on the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The writ, issued in Liverpool’s District Registry, names nine individual partners, including Deacon […]

Fayeds challenge refusal of citizenship

The Egyptian-born owners of Harrods, Mohammed Al Fayed and brother Ali, are set to take on the Government in the High Court. They have been given the go-ahead to challenge the Home Office refusal to grant them British citizenship. Their moves to seek judicial review of the refusal are expected to be vigorously opposed by […]

Struck off solicitor set to fight tribunal

A SOLICITOR who was jailed for defrauding the Legal Aid Board by making false claims for advice given to prostitutes was struck off the register last week John Shepherd, who ran two firms in Liverpool before serving his three-year sentence, appeared before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal on 6 June. He claims the panel of two […]

Litigation Discliplinary Tribunals 13/06/95

JOHN HENRY JANES, 46, admitted 1977, practised as Howard Janes, Kingsbridge, Devon, struck off and ordered to pay £881 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for own purposes, held himself out as practising solicitor in investment business when he had no authority to do so, failed to deliver accountants report on […]

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