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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 […]


English empire builders plan Roman conquest

In the first few decades of the first millennium, the Romans completed their conquest of Europe by marching into England. Now, in the last few months before the third millennium, many English firms are looking towards Italy as the next desirable outpost in the map of Western Europe. Linklaters, Eversheds and Cameron McKenna are just […]

Manchester firm embarks on local poaching spree

Manchester-based 28 St John Street Chambers has poached five leading practitioners from local rivals. The new tenants will join the criminal and family departments this month, making the teams among the strongest in the city. The chambers at 40 King Street have been worst hit, losing Sonia Gal, a leading family practitioner, and Sally Harrison, […]

It's been a bad week for…

The Law Society, which looks likely to lose its self-regulatory powers following a severely critical report on the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) by legal services ombudsman Ann Abraham. Complaints against the profession are now running at an all-time high of one for every 2.4 practising solicitors. According to Abraham’s report, “It is, […]

Firms capitalise on publishing sector

SJ Berwin, Freshfields and Clifford Chance are among a host of firms cashing in on the volatile publishing sector. SJ Berwin acted for international publishing house The Future Network on its #577.5m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Its team was led by corporate finance partner Steven Davis and included corporate finance partners John Daghlian […]

Pension fund watchdog investigates Eversheds

Eversheds is being investigated by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for failing to make payments into its staff pension scheme. The criminal investigation could, in theory, land Eversheds in court, with the prospect of unlimited fines and two years’ imprisonment for those responsible. A spokeswoman for Opra says this is the first time a […]

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