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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 […]


Brit Insurance completes first legal panel

Brit Insurance, the UK insurance subsidiary of Brit Insurance Holdings, has created its first formal legal panel. Many of Brit’s previous advisers have lost out in the review, which has formalised a smaller number of law firm relationships. The full review of service providers kicked off in April and formed part of Brit’s strategic development […]

Litigation deals round-up

Cunningham John (Simon John) with James Badenoch QC advised Frank O’Brien in his medical negligence claim against the NHS. The claim, which netted O’Brien a £500,000 settlement, was brought nearly 40 years after he suffered brain damage following treatment at the Western Fever Hospital in Fulham. The NHS Litigation Authority was advised by Hempsons, with […]

Life in the fast lane

BHP Billiton’s hire of John Fast as chief legal counsel and head of external affairs saw the company’s legal function become almost painfully efficient. Emma Vere-Jones reports Fast by name and fast by nature. I just cannot help feeling that John Fast’s surname is a reflection of the way he runs his life – and […]

Bear market

Arrests, oligarchs and an election round the corner. Can things get any more turbulent for Russian business? Jon Robins asks if the rule of law is under threat Western lawyers based in Moscow for any length of time have long since become inured to life’s vicissitudes in the most tempestuous of legal markets. It takes a lot […]

Lovells senior partner battle draws to a close

The race for the Lovells senior partner position was heading for the finish line as The Lawyer went to press last week. The closing date for partner votes was last Saturday (15 November) and The Lawyer will publish the results of the election on today (17 November). The three men still in contention are […]

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