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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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In brief: James Chapman & Co

James Chapman & Co in Manchester has appointed an in-house lawyer from Fifa’s marketing agency ISL in Switzerland. Jason Smith spent time at Denton Hall and Cobbetts before joining ISL a year ago. He will work with senior partner Maurice Watkins advising Manchester United as well as doing other commercial work.

It's been a good week for…

Former friends of Jonathan Aitken, who can breath easily knowing that correspondence with the disgraced and bankrupt former cabinet minister cannot be sold to the media by trustees. Aitken is currently serving an 18-month sentence for perjury after the collapse of his libel case against The Guardian and Granada Television which had investigated his dealings […]

Deloitte & Touche starts Australian merger talks

Accountancy giant Deloitte & Touche is in talks with four “first-tier” Australian law firms to merge or form an association. Sources from some of Australia’s top firms tell The Lawyer that Freehill Hollingdale & Page – a 220-partner corporate firm with 700 lawyers nationwide – is the favoured target for a link-up with Deloitte & […]

The alternative investment

From a fiscal point of view, there is no reason why non-resident or non-UK domiciled individuals should have investments placed in the UK. But time and again we meet clients whose investments are onshore and subject to the UK tax authorities. “No one advised me otherwise,” they will say. Many lawyers will have strong relationships […]

Waiting for the dust to settle in Indonesia

Where there is danger there is opportunity,” says Angeline Suparto, head of the Indonesian practice group at Asian firm Colin Ng & Partners, quoting a famous local proverb. Suparto is optimistic about the outlook for Indonesia despite the intermittent political crises which have brought setbacks to economic recovery. It has been a turbulent year for […]

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