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Covid-19 temporary voluntary arrangements between Jersey landlords and tenants in respect of residential tenancies

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Jersey Courts are giving priority to criminal cases and those involving children and are unlikely to be dealing with matters relating to property, including proceedings for rent arrears, lease cancellation, orders for possession and eviction (Tenancy Disputes). The Government of Jersey has issued Guidance for both commercial and residential […]

Landmark UK Supreme Court decision on vicarious liability

Businesses in the British Isles are likely to welcome the landmark decision that WM Morrison Supermarkets was not vicariously liable for the damage caused to members of its staff as a result of the misappropriation of their personal information by a colleague.

CSSF and ESMA – Covid-19 updates

The Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have issued a number of COVID-19 related updates…

Essential considerations for Cayman funds in challenging times

To help Cayman hedge funds navigate the myriad of issues brought on by recent events, this advisory offers a high-order checklist for fund directors and investment managers to consider. This checklist is arranged under three main topics: (i) operational issues; (ii) issues around liquidity and possible termination; and (iii) communication and reporting considerations. Each of […]

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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.


Texas enacts taxpayer-friendly revisions to franchise tax

Governor Rick Perry has signed into law Texas HB 500, which provides for certain changes to the Texas franchise tax provisions. Among other things, the legislation, signed into law on June 14, authorises an elective temporary reduction in franchise tax rates imposed on taxable margin. For reports due in 2014, the rate is reduced from […]

VTB Capital: Supreme Court decision

What are the legal consequences of ‘piercing the corporate veil’ of a company? If it is appropriate to do so, will the controller of the company be made liable on its contracts? The UK Supreme Court has decided in VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp and others [2013] UKSC 5 that contractual liabilities of […]

DAC Beachcroft

DAC Beachcroft cuts five fee-earners from employment

DAC Beachcroft has cut five fee earning positions after restructuring its London employment and pensions team. The firm said three associates and two solicitors had taken voluntary redundancy after a review had identified that the London team was overstaffed at a senior level when clients evolving demands were taken into account. News of the consultation emerged last […]

Matrix goes global

Internationalisation has been a long time coming at the bar, but the appetite for overseas offices is now  gathering momentum as illustrated by news this week that Matrix is opening in Geneva. So far, most sets have focused their international efforts in the east, attracted by the international arbitration courts at Singapore’s Maxwell Chambers. Those […]

Patrick Hennessy

‘Hottest’ barrister website sparks consternation at the bar

A new website that claims to rank ‘The 21 Hottest Barristers in London’ has been met with much mirth at the bar. The website began circulating around the Inns of Court earlier this week, after the self-proclaimed barrister hottie experts launched a Tumblr called ‘YourBarristerBoyfriend’. Patrick Hennessey of 39 Essex Street, who was only called […]

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