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CMA: Pandemic Profiteering – take aim then hesitate

The initial shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic, declared in March, prompted authorities across Europe and in America to take urgent steps to protect consumers. Such measures included cracking down on anti-competitive behaviour and temporarily relaxing rules which might otherwise be detrimental to the public interest. Two months on, as countries around the world cautiously ease […]

Covid-19: What should I do on my construction project right now? [Ontario]

The impacts on our world, our families, businesses and markets is and will continue to be significant and somewhat unpredictable. What are the specific impacts on construction projects across Canada? More importantly, what should owners, contractors and trades be doing right away to protect their personnel and their projects? What are the best practices in the industry to deal with the pandemic?

The desire to live: AM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

In AM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 17, Lord Wilson calls the European Court on Rights out on its claim that in Paposhvili v Belgium [2017] Imm AR 867, it was doing no more than “clarifying” its judgment in N v United Kingdom (2008) 47 EHRR 39 as to the circumstances in which removal or deportation will breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Covid-19 temporary voluntary arrangements between Jersey landlords and tenants in respect of residential tenancies

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Jersey Courts are giving priority to criminal cases and those involving children and are unlikely to be dealing with matters relating to property, including proceedings for rent arrears, lease cancellation, orders for possession and eviction (Tenancy Disputes). The Government of Jersey has issued Guidance for both commercial and residential […]


It has been a bad week for:

The Family Law Consortium, whose High Court bid to ensure a £1.6m negligence claim brought against it by the former wife of Earl Spencer, Victoria, was rejected last week. She claims that the group handled her divorce negligently. Islington Borough Council, which has agreed to pay £500 in damages to The Newspaper Licensing Agency for […]

Quote of the week

“I encourage the noble and learned Lord to read an article in this week’s The Lawyer magazine by a senior barrister’s clerk, explaining how more than half the tenants in his chambers have undertaken work on the conditional fee basis for plaintiffs in personal injury cases…”The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, House of Lords, […]

Dublin old hand absorbs niche practices

One of Dublin’s oldest firms, 13-lawyer corporate practice Orpen Franks, has acquired a niche private client and a commercial practice, to bring it into the top 15 in the country. Four-lawyer private client firm Reeves – at 295-years-old reputed to be the oldest firm in the country – and two-lawyer commercial property firm Tweedy & […]

In brief: Southern niche practices seal merger

Two niche practices run by ex-City solicitors have merged. Guildford property firm HD Ferguson & Co, formed by ex-Richards Butler solicitor Hamish Ferguson, has merged with commercial firm Gordons, formed by lawyers from Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie. The new five-partner firm, Gordons, will practise from offices in Holborn and Guildford.

Andersen Legal poaches three partners in Sydney

Arthur Andersen’s Australian law firm Andersen Legal has poached three leading partners from other top firms in Sydney, sparking fears of a major shake-up in Australia’s legal market. Stephen Hibbert joins from Allen Allen & Hemsley, Tony Latimer from Ebsworth & Ebsworth, and Hean-Lay Gan from Freehill Hollingdale & Page. One source said there were […]

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