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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 […]

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Hausfeld to appeal class action decision

Hausfeld is to appeal a High Court decision that effectively spelt the end for US-style class actions in English and Welsh courts (see blog ). Anthony Maton Hausfeld partner Anthony Maton met with the claimants, cut flower importers Emerald Supplies and Southern Glass House Produce, this morning to discuss the possibility of an appeal. The […]

Mills & Reeve faces action over MBO advice

Mills & Reeve is facing a professional negligence claim after the advice it gave to a company chief executive allegedly resulted in the businessman’s daughters paying a £1.3m ­inheritance tax bill. It is alleged that the firm advised Christopher Swain on a management buyout of telecoms company Swains International when he was having surgery in […]

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Republishing libel – what’s the story?

Derek Draper and Damian McBride ­certainly intended their ‘Red Rag’ blog to stir up controversy by smearing the ­reputations of their political enemies, and they hoped that by doing so they would ultimately damage the Conservative Party. The trouble is that, even while the project was merely formulated as an idea in a ­private exchange […]

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In good defence

Linklaters is quids in. At the end of a case that could have seen the firm paying $55m (£37m) damages to Baltic telecoms company Levicom the firm has been ordered to pay just £5 in nominal damages (see blog). The timing of the case could not have been worse for the firm, which is going […]

Taylor Wessing offers staff chance to buy extra holidays

Taylor Wessing has unveiled a package of measures in response to the economic slump, including offering all employees an extra two weeks of holiday in return for a 3.85 per cent reduction in salary. The firm is also looking at making up to 20 redundancies and is offering sabbaticals and voluntary redundancy to all staff. […]

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