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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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In brief: IT whiz signs up with Rakisons

London firm Rakisons has appointed former Hopkins & Wood partner Chris Hoyle to join its company department. Hoyle will rejoin his former litigation partner, Jane Jales, who also moved from Hopkins in June. A specialist in telecommunications and information technology, Hoyle will advise on all IT matters.

Sexism still rife, survey says

FEW female solicitors appear to support Law Society president Martin Mears’ comments that the Equal Opportunities Commission has outlived its usefulness, according to a survey on sexual discrimination. The survey of 378 female solicitors in UK firms, conducted by legal recruitment consultants Daniels Bates, found that only 30 per cent thought they had the same […]

In brief: DAC picks up Halliwells partner

Davies Arnold Cooper has taken on ex-Halliwell Landau partner Stephen Houston to boost its corporate team. Houston, who joins the Manchester firm as partner, was at Halliwell Landau for two years and before that at Norton Rose, London. Houston, who has acted on several company flotations including Traffic Master and Antonov, said he looked forward […]

Survey finds courts in cash crisis

THE MAGISTRATES courts service is burdened by a mounting crisis in funding and morale. The conclusion comes from a survey by The Lawyer, timed to coincide with the latest Public Expenditure Survey (PES) settlement figures from the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Analysis of the PES figures reveals a staggering £16.8 million cut over two years. The […]

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