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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 […]


Mallesons new chief confirmed as HK merger forges ahead

The management change-over at Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques is scheduled for next week (9 August) as the firm’s Hong Kong-based managing partner returns to Sydney to become chief executive partner. Robert Milliner will succeed Tony D’Aloisio who will leave the firm in October to become chief executive and managing director of the Australian Stock […]

SocGen looks to Herbert Smith for advice on Mach funding package

Herbert Smith has won its first ever acquisition finance mandate from Société Générale (SocGen). Herbert Smith was instructed alongside Dutch ally Stibbe to advise SocGen on a €215m (£118.1m) funding package for Luxembourg-based telecoms company Mach. Mach is owned by Advent International and Providence Equity Partners, which will use the finance to acquire Danish telecoms […]

Dechert: $50 fines for late billings

Dechert partners have to stump up fines of $50 (£27.50) for every day a timesheet is overdue as the US firm gets tough on billing. The firmwide clamp-down was outlined last month when Richard Rizzo, managing partner of Dechert’s Philadelphia office, sent out an email ordering lawyers not to enter bills into the time recording […]

A word from the wise

A blast from the past this week from Fladgate Fielder, where chairman Paul Leese was reminiscing about the good old days at the West End firm. Leese, who celebrates his 30th year at Fladgates this year, recalled how he attended a cocktail party in his early days and saw a lawyer approach the legendarily straight-talking […]

King & Spalding drives patent group forward with new hire

King & Spalding’s fledgling New York patent litigation group has welcomed a partner from Kenyon & Kenyon. Robert Perry, who was also a member of Kenyon & Kenyon’s management committee group, will bring the number of fee-earners in King & Spalding’s New York-based group to 11, including four partners. King & Spalding set up the […]

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