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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 […]


Limits to the prvilege defence

The Media enjoys lampooning judges as old fashioned and out of touch and many of the legal profession’s top names have had cause to fume over the exaggerated reporting of cases they presided over. This is especially true of Winchester Crown Court’s Judge Griffiths. However, unlike some of his colleagues, Griffiths struck back. He launched […]

Mishcons to beef up insolvency with recruit

Sinclair Roche & Temperly solicitor David Middleburgh is leaving the firm to head up the insolvency law group of Mischon De Reya. Middleburgh joins Mishcons this week as the firm strengthens its insolvency department which, to date, was run through the commercial litigation department. A spokeswoman from the firm said it was “pulling together different […]

Keeping up court appearances

The take up of higher courts rights of audience by solicitors is disappointing in terms of the number. But a steady increase is inevitable, particularly, I suspect, among those solicitors who are involved in criminal legal aid work. I would be the first to accept that the profitability of a one-off appearance in the local […]

UK law in profit but lacks business nous

UK law firms are making more money than ever before but profits are being squeezed by a significant increase in staff costs, according to a joint survey by The Lawyer and accountants Coopers & Lybrand. The message is that firms need to manage business more efficiently if they are to improve financial performance. Robert Martin, […]

Growth hormone test case

16 April is also the date set for the start of a major Queens Bench test case in which eight plaintiffs are suing over allegations that they were infected, or potentially infected, with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after being given growth hormones unlawfully derived from the pituitary glands of dead people. The cases are the tip of […]

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