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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 […]


Dechert merges

Dechert partners have voted for a merger with Luxembourg firm Brucher & Seimetz, subject to approval by the Luxembourg bar. Bruchers is a two-partner firm, specialising in investment management. London senior partner Steven Fogel says Dechert now has a strong London investment management practice, and that Luxembourg is central in Europe for this type of […]

The Leader column

At the risk of sounding like a cultural imperialist, it is truly pleasurable to see that the new German takeover bill has incorporated so many Anglo-American elements, not least the squeeze-out provision which gets over the tricky problem of minority shareholders. Thankfully, the move by the European Parliament last year which watered down the takeover […]

New-generation silks muscle in on top dogs

The bar’s heavyweights are being edged out of work from the leading City firms in favour of a new crop of leader silks. The results of a survey by The Lawyer reveal that heavyweight silks Lord Grabiner QC (One Essex Court), Gordon Pollock QC (Essex Court), Jonathan Sumption QC (Brick Court) and Lord Goldsmith QC […]

Eversheds slammed for high costs as Britannia tests DLA

DLA’s Sheffield office is threatening to oust regional rival Eversheds from its role as licensing adviser to Britannia Hotels. Partners from DLA met Britannia’s head of legal Sue Ashton at The Lawyer Monte Carlo 2001 in February and were asked to submit a tender for the work. Ashton has now given the firm its first […]

Eversheds IP chief moves to Martineau

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson is taking on the head of intellectual property from Eversheds‘ Nottingham office to boost its high-tech practice. Niall Head-Rapson joins the firm a week after it won Tom McGuire from Cambridge firm Taylor Vinters, where he was head of innovation and technology. Head-Rapson, a specialist in biotechnology work, says: “There is […]

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