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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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It happened to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on Citibank; it happened to Lovells on Bank of America; and it even happened to Herbert Smith in the aftermath of Hammersmith & Fulham. But nowadays, suing your own clients is not generally accepted to be a top move. So with the leading City firms increasingly conflicted out of […]

Martineaus loses education head to Pinsents

Pinsents’ Birmingham office has hired the head of Martineau Johnson’s education unit Nicola Hart to head its new universities practice. She has been a partner at Martineaus since 1995.

Singapore FTA gives little away

The Singapore-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed last week has disappointed US law firms by making little concession towards opening up the legal market to US competitors. A letter from Singapore’s minister for trade and industry to the US ambassador in the region Robert Zoellick confirmed that Singapore will admit to the local bar US-qualified […]

Sutti gains Bucharest capability via Vitzman acquisition

Italian firm Studio Legale Sutti has launched an office in Bucharest after taking over Vitzman Webster & Partners, the fourth-largest practice in Romania in terms of size and turnover. The merger completes Sutti’s expansion into southeast Europe. The firm also opened offices in Sofia in Bulgaria and Belgrade in 2001 and 2002 respectively. Sutti managing […]

Martineaus loses education head to Pinsents

Pinsents’ Birmingham office has hired the head of Martineau Johnson’s education unit Nicola Hart to head its new universities practice. She has been a partner at Martineaus since 1995.

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