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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 […]



McKenna & Co acted for Vanguard Medica Group on its recent flotation on the London Stock Exchange.

Variations ineffective

Agreed employment variations are ineffective if they are caused by transfer of an undertaking, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. In Wilson and others v St Helens Borough Council, control of the Red Bank Controlled Community Home passed from Lancashire County Council to St Helens. The applicants, who had consequently been made redundant, applied for […]

Employment brings work

Employment law is now recognised as one of the fastest developing specialist areas of law. Much of the impetus for change and the growth of legislation has undoubtedly emanated from Europe, and the substance of the legislation in the UK has many similarities. The recognition of employment law as a specialist area has been marked […]

Deferred call plan is 'discriminatory'

Bar Council plans to defer call to the Bar are under grave threat following legal advice that it would probably be unlawful. A legal opinion delivered to the Bar Council by Michael Beloff QC said the current proposals to defer call until completion of six months pupillage were likely to cause indirect discrimination without objective […]

Dentons trainee to fly the UK flag in Tokyo

TWO UK judges led a delegation of barristers to Vienna for talks on the future of Europe. Mr Justice Laws and the Right Honourable Lord Justice Schiemann played a major part in Bar European Group’s conference, which is being heralded as a major success by the group. The annual conference, on the 17 and 18 […]

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