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COVID-19 and residential tenancies in Jersey: Where are we now?

By Laura Shirreffs The States of Jersey enacted the COVID-19 (Residential Tenancy) (Temporary Amendment of Law) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 in an attempt to address the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Island. The regulations temporarily amended certain provisions of the Residential Tenancy (Jersey) Law 2011, applying to all residential tenancies with effect from 10 […]

New Court of Appeal case a game-changer for arbitration in family law

By Sarah Green A recent Court of Appeal case has the potential to change the landscape of arbitration in family law. With the court backlog worse than ever as a result of Covid-19, out-of-court settlement options, such as Early Neutral Evaluations, Private FDRs and Arbitration are seen as increasingly attractive prospects for separating couples, who […]

Decade-long Saad litigation settled between AHAB and Grant Thornton Defendants

By Rupert Bell, Shelley White, Colette Wilkins, Andrew Gibson, Arikka Farley After over 11 years of litigation, Walkers Cayman is pleased to announce that Walkers’ clients, the Grant Thornton Defendants, have reached a confidential settlement with AHAB which results in their release from the AHAB v. Saad Investments and Others proceedings in the Cayman Islands. The proceedings […]

The remote trustee: Getting your house in order after the Covid-19 pandemic

By David Pytches, Monique Bhullar, Philip Paschalides, David Pytches, Clive Thomas To say 2020 has been a challenging year for many would be an understatement. The onset of COVID-19 saw significant hardships for millions of people globally and the economic impacts continue to ripple across the world’s economy, with many expecting these negative consequences to […]

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The year of living dangerously

It seems that up until recently, the problems posed by moving into the next millennium have been a blind spot for most people in the world of IT. The problem, now being described variously as “the year 2000 issue” and the “millennium bomb” has finally been identified. In a nutshell, the issue is this: most […]

Lords to rule on council duties

Local authority lawyers are anxiously awaiting a House of Lords decision that will decide how far cash-strapped councils need to go in providing social services to the community. Gloucestershire County Council has appealed an earlier decision that it had breached The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 by withdrawing cleaning services to a disabled […]

Labour offers reassurance on future funding of PFI projects

A Labour government will honour PFI transactions which have been completed before the General Election and will continue with transactions that are close to signing. That was the promise from Alistair Darling, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, to bankers and construction executives at a Herbert Smith seminar last month. Darling also told the companies […]

Public sector exit

Lewisham’s senior planning lawyer Terry Osborne has opted to leave the public sector to join the planning department at City firm Penningtons. Osborne puts her decision to enter private practice down to her long-term desire to pursue an all-round legal career. “I thought I really needed to see things from the other side,” she said.

In brief: SIF shortfall down to forecasting method

h The £248m shortfall in contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is not due to a mathematical error but to a new “pessimistic” way of forecasting, according to David Ward, chair of the SIF review committee investigating the miscalculation which was announced in January. Ward was presenting an interim report to concerned Law Society […]

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