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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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West lawyer plans appeal

The solicitor of convicted murderer Rosemary West says he is appealing against the conviction and has “sympathetic” support outside his defence team. Leo Goatley, the Gloucester sole practitioner who has represented West since 1992, is looking at an appeal on grounds relating to disclosure, the judge’s summing up and “selective” evidence. He says the defence […]

Firm gets IT manager

Linda Tsang reports Manchester firm Cobbett Leak Almond has appointed Neil Davies as IT manager for its city centre offices. Davies will oversee all aspects of IT development for the firm’s 180 staff. The firm’s managing partner Stephen White commented: “This appointment will enable the firm to take advantage of current and predicted technical advances […]

Pay for your round

A battle between drinks wholesaler Euro Beers and Minerals and Customs and Excise is on its way to the High Court. Euro Beers, of Gillingham, Kent, is fighting for the return of 1,456 cases of whisky, 1,456 cases of vodka, and 2,189 cases of brandy which it claims customs men have unlawfully detained.

Mears starts political era

Martin Mears has heralded a new era of party politics on the Law Society Council with the unveiling of his own party. The president has set up a President’s Reform Group which will meet before council meetings and vote en bloc. He said nine council members had agreed to join the group including David Keating, […]

Litigation Personal Injury 28/11/95

Gibbons v Redmond – QBD 8 November 1995 Claimant: John Gibbons, 49 Accident: Builder injured at work Injuries: Multiple injuries, most serious in region of right ankle; considerable pain and discomfort along with swelling since accident; serious fracture across tibia and compression of lower tibial articular surface so that ankle joint is disrupted; fractures likely […]

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