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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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Conditional fee insurance is not a rip off

Far from being a genuine attempt to promote access to justice, Anthony Barton believes that lawyers’ support for legal aid constitutes little more than a thinly-veiled vested interest> Not long ago the Bar Council reportedly warned that the introduction of conditional fees to replace the civil legal aid would lead to the public being “ripped […]

Allen & Overy opts to "job-share' top IT role

CITY firm Allen & Overy has “job-shared” its head of IT role as part of a radical shake-up of the way the firm organises its information technology needs. Whereas most firms appoint one head of IT to oversee the technical strategy of the firm, Allen & Overy has split the responsibility into four departments under […]

Linklaters-Schon Nolte split looms

Linklaters is close to splitting from its Frankfurt joint venture partner Schon Nolte Finkelnburg & Clemm in a move that would clear the way for a tie-up with leading German firm Oppenhoff & RAdler. Although Oppenhoff partners voted two weeks ago on co-operation with Linklaters, the firm is remaining tight-lipped about the result. A source […]

In brief: Hoon names May as earliest reform date

Late May is the earliest possible date for the introduction of the Government’s planned legal aid reforms, Geoff Hoon, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, told the House of Commons last week. A consultation paper this week will propose: extending conditional fees to all disputes; the withdrawal of legal aid from most personal […]

Solicitor fined £15,000 for misleading investors

Former Blyth Dutton partner Peter Hooper was fined £15,000 this month (Friday 13th) for drafting a misleading “comfort letter” to investors in motor cycle company Norton Group. Hooper, who was charged under the Financial Services Act 1986, drafted the letter on the instruction of Norton’s chief executive Philippe Le Roux, who was also fined £15,000 […]

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