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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 […]


Hays buys recruitment agency ZMB

Business-to-business service provider Hays has acquired legal recruiter ZMB to combine with Hays Richard Owen, Hays’ legal recruitment arm. Hays ZMB plans to cross-sell its legal recruitment capability with its IT and accountancy divisions. Hays Personnel Services, under which Hays ZMB will be run, brings in 42 per cent of the earnings of Hays and […]


JLPBS Forbury, a joint venture between John Laing Property and the Bank of Scotland, acquires Energis House in Reading. Two leasehold interests were surrendered by Caradon and Energis. CMS Cameron McKenna advised JLPBS Forbury (David Saunders) and Caradon (Colin Jesson). Davies Arnold Cooper advised Energis (Ian Hunter).


Nomura invests £10m in a joint venture with Barclays Bank providing £20m funding for a Barclaycard branded internet shopping portal. Nomura advised by Weil Gotshal (Stephen Lloyd). Barclays Bank was represented by Allen & Overy (Andrew Caunt).

Travelling the bumpy road to Tashkent

CMS Cameron McKenna’s Central Asia practice has been bedevilled by controversy in recent times The news that CMS Cameron McKenna’s Central Asian practice is moving en masse to Denton Wilde Sapte (see p1) may be a relief to Camerons. The CIS group has been a management headache for the firm, with most of its problems […]

Clyde & Co hires Novartis UK legal chief to open IP practice

The head of legal at biotechnology company Novartis UK is leaving to join Clyde & Co. Novartis was created by a merger in 1997, and Sally Shorthose, who set up the in-house department, will head the firm’s new commercial intellectual property (IP) and IT practice. Before moving to Novartis, Shorthose was senior legal adviser at […]

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