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To AirBnB or not to AirBnB? A guide for homeowners and tenants in Jersey

By Laura Shirreffs,  Jonathan Hughes The JEP earlier this month reported that Jersey has seen an explosion in the number of Airbnb properties listed in the Island with an increase of more than 800% in the last four years. For those unfamiliar with the website, Airbnb allows people to offer short-term lodgings or home stays […]

At a Glance Guide to BVI Wills for non-doms

By Gavin Ferguson, Marcus Leese, Fraser Allister, Wisdom Hon For individuals domiciled outside of the British Virgin Islands, a separate will covering BVI assets can simplify the probate process – as well as providing certainty over who administers the estate, over the distribution of assets on death and offering a cheaper solution. BVI law distinguishes […]

EU Clean Energy Package: Council of the European Union adopts remaining legislative acts reforming the European electricity market

By Kristóf Ferenczi, Balázs Sepsey The European Commission had announced the Energy Union Framework Strategy in 2015, setting out the main objectives of the EU energy policy to be followed in the future.  As a fundamental pillar of the Energy Union Framework Strategy, in November 2016 the European Commission presented its package of legislative proposals, […]

Jaguar Land Rover V Landwind: Acts Of Unfair Competition And Copyright Infringement

By Jamie Rowlands, Alice li On 13 March 2019, the three-year court battle between British automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (“JLR”) and Chinese automotive manufacturer Jiangling Motors Corporation (“Jiangling”) resulted in a long-awaited victory for JLR and the wider automotive industry. The Beijing Chaoyang District People’s Court (“Court”) ruled at first instance that Jiangling’s unauthorised […]

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New time restriction sparks complaints

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Cisco Systems

The UK division of information technology giant Cisco is believed to be the biggest operation outside its US headquarters. It would, therefore, be expected that a business which claims its market capitalisation places it third only to Microsoft and Intel in the world’s top-ranking companies, would use a raft of the most expensive big-hitting law […]

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A recent High Court Family Division action before Mr Justice Sumner has introduced a new dimension to litigation aimed at obtaining orders for the mentally handicapped to be sterilised. A string of cases in which sterilisation orders have been sought, and often granted, in respect of mentally handicapped women has built up since 1976. Now, […]

City trio earns millions in Allied Domecq sale

Magic Circle firms Slaughter and May, Linklaters and Clifford Chance are understood to have made millions out of the complex and bitter struggle for the control of Allied Domecq’s pub chain. The multi-million pound fees paid out by the three parties involved in the epic buyout struggle have been widely criticised by shareholders. A 25-lawyer […]

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