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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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Slimmer pickings for firms on public sector rosters Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to cut its legal panel from 12 firms to 11 has almost as much to do with firms’ choices as TfL’s strategy. Travers Smith, one of four firms to leave the panel, elected not to tender for a place after not receiving […]

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Offshore: Fiduciaries – Split the difference

Offshore law firms have long supplemented their legal offerings with fiduciary business, but will that model last? In March offshore firm Walkers, announced it was disposing of its fiduciary business, Walkers Management Services (WMS). WMS was being sold to global trust company Intertrust. Intertrust acquired 100 per cent of WMS’s shares and the fiduciary’s staff […]

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Local firms can thrive in Malaysia

Malaysian firms can gain from a liberalised market if they change their mindset and learn from newcomers Chew Seng Kok, managing partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co With the Legal Professional (Amendment) Act (LPA) passed in June, Malaysia has embraced an era of liberalising the legal profession. The amendment allows foreign firms to practise in Malaysia […]

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Government rejects judicial demands for costs council

The government has rejected Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for a costs council despite senior judges calling for the end of the hourly rate. Justice minister Helen Grant said yesterday that the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs (ACCC) set up in 2007 to advise on costs issues was to be disbanded with its responsibilities transferred to […]

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