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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 […]


Green group makes EU noise over rail pollution

A NEWLY-FORMED environmental law group is trying to launch a court action against Railtrack under European rules on access to information. London-based EarthRights is seeking legal aid for a client whose request for information on machinery noise levels was turned down. It hopes to use the Environmental Information Regulations 1992 to force Railtrack to release […]


Standard Life was advised by Herbert Smith on the purchase of the former Belling Lee factory site in Enfield where Pickfords, advised by Berwin Leighton, proposes to establish a 215,000 sq ft warehouse and headquarters, developed by Kingspark Developments, advised by Wragge & Co, and funded by Standard Life. Land Securities industrial arm Ravenseft Industrial […]

Cloisters to set up base in Manchester

CLOISTERS Chambers is the first London set to open for business in Manchester. The opening of premises in St John Street makes the chambers, headed by David Turner-Samuels QC, the latest in a wave of provincial moves by London sets. “We’re getting more and more work from the big cities of the North,” senior barrister […]

Tolley's buy-out

Accountants Ernst & Young has bought Tolley’s Tax-Link electronic database. The database contains six years’ of legislation for the major direct taxes, plus VAT, in addition to relevant statutory material.

How the West was won

Linda Tsang shoots a glance at those barristers leaving London to blaze the trail and open up the Western Circuit More and more barristers have been heading west out of London due to increasing competition from solicitor advocates, lack of work at the junior Bar and legal aid cut-backs to become Western Circuiteers. Many chambers […]

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