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Guernsey’s recently published Financial Services Policy Framework sets out an approach to capitalise upon a range of global specialisms to ensure that Guernsey remains a strong, and stable financial centre servicing sophisticated clients from around the world. Financial services and the associated professional services that support them account for more than half of the jurisdiction’s […]

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By Louise Power What do real estate businesses need to know? We have reported recently on the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into potential breaches of consumer protection law within the leasehold housing market.  We have also published various earlier briefings [1] in which we have: flagged to housebuilders/developers and other businesses operating within the real estate industry, the […]

MHCLG call for evidence on tenancy deposit reform

By Karl Anders, Deborah Brown Walker Morris’ Housing Management & Litigation specialists Karl Anders and Deborah Brown explain the UK Government’s call for evidence on potential tenancy deposit reform in the private rented sector. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a call for evidence which seeks to inform the UK […]

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Springwell Navigation’s claims of financial naïveté failed to pay off in its dispute with JPMorgan Chase Bank. Financial services providers facing the threat of litigation should take heart. On one reading the recent decision of the Commercial Court in JPMorgan Chase Bank v Springwell Navigation (2006) should have given comfort to providers of financial ­services […]

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