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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 […]


OFT ordered to pay credit card costs in ‘unusual’ CAT decision

In A highly unusual move, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to pay costs to intervener Visa Europe in the high-profile credit card fee arrangements probe. The OFT has also been ordered to pay costs to the appellants Mastercard UK Members Forum (MMF), Mastercard International and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after […]

Law Soc slams Govt fraud trial measure

The Law Society has hit out at new Government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high-cost fraud trials. The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper, published last week (4 August), proposed that judges should be given the power to order the withdrawal of a defendant’s lawyer in cases where there appears […]

Sipping the velvet

Tulkinghorn is often defending the volume he drinks to Mrs Tulkinghorn, but it’s not often he has to defend his choice of drink from the bar staff. At Bonds on Threadneedle the other week, with that meatiest of US firms LeBoeuf Lamb Pork & Two Veg, Tulkinghorn bravely ordered a ‘Senorita’ from the cocktail menu […]

Law Soc slams government plans for fraud trials

The Law Society and solicitors have hit out at new government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high cost fraud trials. The proposal was made in a Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper published last week (4 August) on judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity […]

GE counsel tops US pay league with $5.04m package

General Electric’s legal chief Benjamin Heineman remains the highest-paid general counsel in the US, scooping a mammoth $5.4m (£2.7m) in total cash compensation last year. Heineman narrowly beat Lehman Brothers Holdings’ executive vice-president and chief legal officer Thomas Russo, who earned an equally impressive $5m (£2.68m) in salary and bonuses. However, if stock-related transactions such […]

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