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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 […]

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UK treaty tiebreaker guidelines raise concerns

HM Revenue & Customs on 14 January published new guidelines (INTM120085) on nonstandard treaty tiebreakers that could have an impact on the UK’s tax treaties with the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. The update to the HMRC International Manual covers cases in which there is no residence tiebreaker clause and the matter must be […]

Technology

Curtis counsels investors, start-ups and established global corporations in sectors as diverse as software, hardware, electronic media, nanotechnology, clean technology, biotechnology, renewable energy and life sciences. The range of services provided by the group includes: Stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures Mergers Equity and debt offerings Private placements Venture capital financings and partnering agreements Joint […]

Commercial contracts

Robust commercial contracts are central to the success of all businesses. We understand that at Shoosmiths. That’s why we have one of the largest dedicated commercial law teams in the UK. In fact, we have been ranked a top 10 law firm for commercial law by reference to the number of FTSE clients for whom […]

Hospital

Eversheds, One Crown Office Row advise as damning NHS report is released

Eversheds played a lead role advising on an inquiry chaired by Serjeants’ Inn Chambers silk Robert Francis QC into the failings of Stafford Hospital after hundreds of hospital patients died over a three-year period. One Crown Office Row also played a major role in the inquiry, with a raft of its barristers representing the various […]

Freshfields and Herbert Smith lead on latest foreign utilities takeover

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have advised on the £164.5m takeover of Sutton & East Surrey Water (SESW) by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation. The deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions of UK utilities groups by Asian buyers following the purchases of EDF’s UK power grids, Northumbrian Water Group and Wales […]

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