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Supreme Court hands down judgment in S Franses v Cavendish Hotel case

By Kirsty Black, Lucy Shepherd A landlord can defeat a lease renewal on development grounds only where it intends to carry out the works whether or not the tenant is in occupation. The Supreme Court has handed down its eagerly-awaited judgment in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the facts of which we covered in our […]

No clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law – Supreme Court

By Martin Thomas, Şenay Nihat, David Wigy The Supreme Court handed down judgment today in London Borough of Southwark and another v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 – finding that that there is no clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law. Rather, the meaning of ‘highway’ depends on the context in which it is used, […]

Why all Guernsey homeowners need to make a will

By Alison Ricketts, Martyn Baudains Over the last ten years significant changes have been made to Guernsey’s laws of succession, the effects of which may be overlooked by some homeowners. Prior to 2008 if you were married with ‘legitimate’ children (children born during your marriage) and died without having made a will then your houses and land, […]

At-a-glance guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney

By Victoria Grogan, Simon Lofthouse, Fiona Lilleyman, Stephanie Button After a much-needed reform in the law, people in Jersey can now create Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) to record their decisions and intentions about their assets and care, so that if they lose mental capacity, their wishes will still be respected. Similar legislation has existed […]

Government’s call for evidence on the case for a dedicated Housing Court

By Karl Anders Housing Management & Litigation expert Karl Anders explains the Government’s call for evidence on the case for a dedicated Housing Court. Have your say by 22 January 2019. Call for Evidence: the case for a Housing Court The UK Government has publicised its commitment to ensuring that everyone, whether they rent or own their home, […]

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“DON’T Panic,” was the Law Society’s advice to lawyers on the changes. Some will find this hard to follow given the claims of a new police interviewing guide that the words of the new Act are open to “the widest possible meanings”. The guide claims the definition of the word “object”, which a suspect can […]

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When an outraged official threatened reprisals, Groucho Marx waved his cigar and barked: “You’ll hear from my lawyer – when he gets out of prison.” For barristers and solicitors the possibility of prison is more remote than getting knocked down by a number nine bus outside the Law Courts; if a case goes wrong they […]

LCD staff go out on strike

STAFF from the Lord Chancellor’s Department are on strike over Government plans to “privatise” the computing and administration functions of the County and Crown Courts. Starting in London at the Court Service head office, stoppages are expected to spread nationally through all staff in the courts, including the Royal Courts of Justice. The National Union […]

In brief: Newspaper Society boosts legal numbers

The Newspaper Society has recruited another lawyer to boost its legal advice service to regional newspaper editors. Carin Lake, previously with Clifford Chance and Goodman Derrick, joins as a part-time legal adviser in the society’s government and legal affairs department. The department also lobbies Parliament, Whitehall and Brussels for the industry. David Newell, society deputy […]

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