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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 […]



Grimaldi e Clifford Chance is to more than double its office space in Milan providing room for an extra 75 lawyers. According to partner Nick Wrigley, the firm will take over a building adjoining the existing one in Via Clerici in an area of the city traditionally known for its high concentration of law firms. […]

Bruckhaus ties Freshfields knot

Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann has voted to merge with Freshfields as it was revealed that the City giant agreed to change its lockstep structure. News of the positive second vote came through as The Lawyer went to press and Freshfields will vote tomorrow (20 June). Sources close to Bruckhaus confirmed that the profit-share issue was key […]

Dickinson Dees steals head of private equity from Eversheds

Eversheds’ Newcastle head of private equity is jumping ship to join north-east rival Dickinson Dees. Equity partner Helen Tavorges is expected to join Dickinson Dees in August. She was at Wilkinson Maughan – which merged with Eversheds in 1997 – for 16 years. The appointment is part of Dickinson Dees’ ongoing plans to bolster its […]


Landwell represented the investment manager Morley Fund Management on the proposed issue and listing of around £200m worth of equity and debt securities of the Global High Yield Bond Trust. Landwell financial services partner Martin Cornish and associate Richard Thompson acted on the deal while Clifford Chance advised the Global High Yield Bond Trust.

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Death row prisoners in the US. Presidential candidate Al Gore has opened a debate around the death penalty after a study from Columbia University showed that two out of three sentences in capital-case appeals are set aside. In a statement that death row prisoners would probably agree with, Gore said:”If there is a study that […]

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