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Supreme Court hands down judgment in S Franses v Cavendish Hotel case

By Kirsty Black, Lucy Shepherd A landlord can defeat a lease renewal on development grounds only where it intends to carry out the works whether or not the tenant is in occupation. The Supreme Court has handed down its eagerly-awaited judgment in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the facts of which we covered in our […]

No clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law – Supreme Court

By Martin Thomas, Şenay Nihat, David Wigy The Supreme Court handed down judgment today in London Borough of Southwark and another v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 – finding that that there is no clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law. Rather, the meaning of ‘highway’ depends on the context in which it is used, […]

Why all Guernsey homeowners need to make a will

By Alison Ricketts, Martyn Baudains Over the last ten years significant changes have been made to Guernsey’s laws of succession, the effects of which may be overlooked by some homeowners. Prior to 2008 if you were married with ‘legitimate’ children (children born during your marriage) and died without having made a will then your houses and land, […]

At-a-glance guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney

By Victoria Grogan, Simon Lofthouse, Fiona Lilleyman, Stephanie Button After a much-needed reform in the law, people in Jersey can now create Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) to record their decisions and intentions about their assets and care, so that if they lose mental capacity, their wishes will still be respected. Similar legislation has existed […]

Government’s call for evidence on the case for a dedicated Housing Court

By Karl Anders Housing Management & Litigation expert Karl Anders explains the Government’s call for evidence on the case for a dedicated Housing Court. Have your say by 22 January 2019. Call for Evidence: the case for a Housing Court The UK Government has publicised its commitment to ensuring that everyone, whether they rent or own their home, […]

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Review of the year The massive Hercules Unit Trust transaction this week epitomises the significant long-term shift in real estate lawyering that has defined the past year for lawyers in this sector. The deal saw Pillar Property and Schroders create a £1.5bn property unit trust and take a giant step in the industry’s quest for […]

Imran Khan backs Bahl in call for public inquiry into Law Society

The Law Society is under attack from Imran Khan, the lawyer for Stephen Lawrence’s family, its former vice-president Kamlesh Bahl, and 140 ethnic-minority lawyers. The high-profile pair are fighting for a public inquiry into the society’s conduct during and after an employment tribunal in July, in which it was found guilty of race and sex […]

Centrica picks Ashursts for Enron buy

In its third major corporate deal for the energy and telecommunications powerhouse this year, Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Centrica on its £94m acquisition of Enron Direct. Centrica’s principal corporate adviser Linklaters was also involved in the deal, advising Enron’s administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers.Enron, the multinational energy trader, went into administration on 29 November. At the time, Linklaters […]

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