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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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Chambers' dilemna

At last someone has said it. Chambers need to grasp the nettle and look for a modern business structure and model if they are to fight off competition from the solicitors. The merger madness engulfing the bar shows that some sets are desperately seeking alternatives to traditional methods of practice. Specialist groups are essential, but […]

Vizards warns insurance bar

The insurance bar has been issued with a stern warning that it faces a bleak future unless it dramatically improves the service it offers to solicitors and insurer clients. Martin Staples, senior partner of Vizards Staples & Bannister, told The Lawyer’s chambers management seminar last week that there will be less and less work going […]

Digests

CMS Cameron McKenna represented Delphi Automotive Systems on its £538m agreement to buy Lucas Diesel Systems. Delphi will acquire the company from TRW, a US-based automotive and aerospace parts group. The purchase is subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions. Peter Smith and David Bresnick, corporate partners at Camerons, led a group of eight […]

Litigator's View

An appeal heading for the Lords involves a battle over the tax status of money paid in order to release land from restrictive covenants so that it can be sold. Leave has been given for Pounds Shipowners and Shipbreakers to challenge the Inland Revenue’s stance over the sale of land at Portsmouth. The land was […]

In brief: Legal Risks Management

Legal Risks Management is merging with Castle Legal Risks, creating the largest provider of before-the-event legal expenses insurance to the building industry. Marketing manager Ian MacLeod says the business is “expanding by the day”, taking on new staff and moving into new areas, including the burgeoning after-the-event market.

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