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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 […]


Herbies litigators told not to sue big four after Equitable debacle

Herbert Smith has decided not to act for clients suing the big four accountancy firms after losing the Equitable Life case last year. Herbert Smith acted for Equitable Life in the £2.6bn negligence claim against Ernst & Young (E&Y) and a number of the building society’s former directors. The case settled in September 2005, with […]

Teare becomes fourth new High Court judge this year

Quadrant Chambers’ head Nigel Teare QC is to become the newest High Court judge, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced yesterday (31 July). Teare’s appointment follows the recent announcement that Mr Justice Leveson has been promoted to the Court of Appeal after the retirement of Lord Justice Brooke. He is the fourth High Court […]

Pillsbury aims for AIM after London hires

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman’s London office is targeting the AIM market following a raid on Osborne Clarke. Osbornes partner Simon Fielder and assistant Caroline Grange specialise in flotations on AIM and the main market, particularly advising North American issuers. Fielder said: “We’re looking forward to the chance to be able to work with the US […]

Maclays beats expectations with 21 per cent profit growth

Maclay Murray & Spens chief executive Magnus Swanson said the firm “beat expectations” as it released its end-of-year results on Friday (28 July). The firm’s profits increased 21 per cent to a net of £15.7m, making an average of £275,000 for Maclay’s 57 equity partners. This is the first year that Maclays, which converted to […]

Withers tempts London LeBoeuf partner

Withers has poached corporate tax partner Andrew Terry from the London office of LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Terry joins the newly formed funds, investment and business tax group and will focus on international corporate tax planning. The 16-strong group focuses on the alternative funds sector, including hedge and private equity funds as well as […]

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