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Coming to America: Jersey approves US-style LLCs

Jersey’s decision to allow the creation of limited liability companies (LLCs) will allow the island to attract more US-based clients and offer more flexibility than the current partnership status based on English law. Here, partner James Willmott and associate David Patterson examine the options. In a move aimed at catering to Jersey’s growing pan-Atlantic business, […]

Jersey – Practical Guide to Property Law

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is a self-governing British Crown Dependency with its own financial and legal systems and its own courts of law. Jersey property law is derived from a mixture of local statute and customary (common) law. Jersey’s customary law has evolved from Norman-French law and is primarily contained […]

Changes to Guernsey’s corporate tax residence rules

Guernsey’s rules on corporate tax residence changed at the beginning of 2019 following amendments to its existing tax law brought into effect by a combination of the Income Tax (Guernsey) (Amendment) (No 2) Ordinance 2018, the Income Tax (Substance Requirements) (Implementation) Regulations, 2018 and the Income Tax (Substance Requirements) (Implementation) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018, all passed […]

Bombay High Court refuses anti arbitration injuncton against arbitration proceedings on the question of appointment of the tribunal

On 17 December 2018, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court (Court), in Ravi Arya & Ors v. Palm View Overseas Limited & Ors, passed an important order in relation to an antiarbitration injunction sought by the Plaintiffs in the matter, against an arbitral proceeding seated in Mumbai. The Court held that a challenge to the constitution […]

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Personal Injury Awards

Gregory Goussard v Post Office (1999) QBD (Butterfield J) 6 October 1999 Claimant: Male, 13 years old at date of accident; 21 years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant was injured in May 1992 while on a visit to the UK from his home in France. He disembarked from a bus and ran […]

Stalker barrister awaits sentencing

Barrister Justin Webster is facing a five-year jail sentence and the end of his legal career after pleading guilty to stalking a former girlfriend, barrister Bosmath Sheffi of 9 King’s Bench Walk. Webster, who worked regularly as a crown prosecutor and is a tenant of London set Somersett Chambers, has been convicted for repeatedly breaching […]

Will the Govt beach offshore havens?

The Government has introduced measures to crack down on “designer” tax systems which it claims help companies evade a reported £1bn a year in UK taxes. Under the new rules, businesses have to pay an amount of controlled foreign company (CFC) tax equal to the amount which would have been avoided by using tax havens […]

LawSoc votes for MDPs after 10-year wait

After three consultation processes spanning more than a decade, the Law Society council has finally opened the door to multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). An overwhelming council majority has voted to work towards “allowing solicitors… to provide any legal service through any medium to anyone”. This would include lawyers from partnerships within other professions. Financial advisers and […]

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