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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 […]


In brief: Trowers takes on managing partner

Ralph Picken, who specialises in private sector funding for housing associations, has been named the new managing partner at London firm Trowers & Hamlins. He takes over this week from Don Moorhouse, who, after five years in the post, returns to his previous position as head of litigation. Picken spent five years in the firm’s […]

Forte's loss proves Lovells' success

LOVELL White Durrant’s reputation for hostile bid work will be further enhanced by its client Granada’s successful £3.9 billion bid for Forte. A merger of Forte’s in-house functions could also spell a job change for its legal director David Stevens, appointed to the newly-created post less than a year ago. Granada sources suggest the job […]

Duncan Lamont champions the cause of press court reports.

Duncan Lamont is a media lawyer at Biddle & Co. Sir Robert Peel summed up the establishment view of the public’s right to know in the last century. He said: “Public opinion is compounded of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong-feeling, right-feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.” Little has changed, at least in some quarters. The law of […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 30/01/96

Andrew Craig Larman, 44, admitted 1981, practised at material time in partnership with Williams Mann, Bristol, struck off and ordered to pay £882 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for own purposes and those of other clients and failed to keep properly written accounts. Total claims of around £27,000 expected to […]

Slaughters presses on with Coopers & Lybrand writ

SLAUGHTER and May’s multi-million pound action against former Barings auditors Coopers & Lybrand and Deloitte & Touche is set for a three to four-month trial after the issue of a writ last week. The suit is on behalf of administrators Ernst & Young. Slaughters litigation partner Deborah Finkler denied the suit was merely a holding […]

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