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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 […]


The digital school

It’s October again and the beginning of another academic year. This year has seen the explosion of the Internet and the emergence of a new breed of technophile student. With over 30 colleges now offering either LPC and CPE courses, law departments are being forced to make IT a priority in the fight to attract […]

Mears undertakes to clarify official and personal views

MARTIN Mears has promised to stress the personal nature of his opinions when they are not in line with Law Society policy after his solicitors’ conference speech attacking what he called the “discrimination industry”. The pledge was in a response to a question tabled at Thursday’s council meeting by Michael Napier, president of the Association […]

Get ready for work

“From chalk and talk to hands-on action” is how one trainee describes the transition from the academic degree stage to the vocational LPC. Now in its second year, the LPC is still having its initial problems ironed out – some of the course materials had gaps and these have been filled, but new holes are […]

Unions claim LCD has closures 'hit list'

TRADES unions are accusing the Lord Chancellor’s Department of secrecy over plans to close between 13-15 of its probate offices. The unions say the LCD will reveal its “hit list” as late as possible “to diffuse expected opposition from the public and MPs”. Ear-marked for closure are the sub-probate registry offices which cover remote areas […]

Mears attacks Hayes in leaked letter

LAW Society president Martin Mears has accused John Hayes of deliberately excluding him from a key decision in a leaked letter revealing the true extent of his hostility towards the secretary general. In the memo to Law Society council members, Mears accuses Hayes of acting outside “the spirit” of his authority in negotiating departing Solicitors’ […]

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