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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 […]


Getting real about legal education

Life for law students is set to change and their future employers are hoping the developments will reflect more accurately the needs of a profession that is itself changing. The change is happening at many levels. Students enrolling for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Leicester’s De Montfort University this year, for instance, will be […]

LCD moots new measures to trap debtors

Suspending passports and driving licences and giving courts access to government information are among new measures being considered as ways to enforce civil court orders. The Lord Chancellor’s Department’s second consultation paper looking at new methods of enforcement in the civil court was released last week, responding to concerns that debtors are getting away with […]

Flotations & Financing

US firm Mayer Brown & Platt represented Bozano Simonsen in its management of a 50-million-euro, eight-year put bonds deal for Bombril SA, the Brazilian cleaning products company. The transaction was governed by English law, but no English firm was involved. Mayer Brown’s team consisted of New York partner Peter Darrow, London partners Richard Cole and […]

Lords to decide dyslexia diagnosis case

Roger Pearson reports on the latest move in a long-running dispute over responsibility for diagnosis of learning difficulties. A 24-year-old dyslexic woman who is suing her former schools over their failure to diagnose her condition is to take her fight on to the House of Lords. Pamela Phelps of Hayes End, West London, was awarded […]

The Firm

Potential trainees are greeted by Mr Henderson, Mr Pratchard and Mr Chalmers at The Firm’s annual open day. Mr Henderson: I want to assure you that The Firm does not choose trainees solely on where they were educated. Etonians are just as welcome as old Harrow boys in my book. Just as long as you […]

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