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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 […]


Gianni Origoni secures Pavia lawyers for Padua

Gianni Origoni & Partners is to open an office in Padua staffed by former employees of Pavia e Ansaldo. The four lawyers,who plan to take some of their clients with them from their old office in the city, will specialise mainly in M&A and finance. Among the team is Luigi Pavanello, who returns to Gianni […]

In-house prove their mettle

I was somewhat amused by a large display advertisement from Freshfields last week in The Lawyer. It had the heading, in large type, “Ahead of the game”, and was illustrated by a galloping cheetah. No self-respecting cheetah wants to be ahead of the game – just behind it, and eventually on top of it. But […]


Perhaps the most attractive feature of the European Court of Human Rights is that – unlike the Ritz Hotel of legal legend – it really is open to all. As we saw last week, even a former king can demand his human rights. Ex-King Constantine was in Strasbourg to complain that the Greek government had […]

Resistance forces change of tactics

“Ashursts was plan A. This is our plan B,” so says Bill Voge, Latham & Watkins’ executive committee member. It’s not taken the US giant long to bounce back from the collapse of talks with Ashurst Morris Crisp, but far from plan B being second best, it could mark a sea-change in the way US […]

… while it escapes a court action

DAC is breathing a collective sigh of relief after narrowly avoiding being dragged through the courts by one of its former lawyers. Former joint head of DAC’s EL/PL (employer liability/public liability) department Noel Tarleton attempted to take his former firm to a tribunal for constructive dismissal after leaving the practice earlier this year. Both parties […]

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