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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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Andrew Parsons on professional negligence limitation.

Andrew Parsons is a barrister practising at Portsmouth Barristers’ Chambers. WHEN does the primary limitation period begin to run for a professional negligence action in the area of housing law? If a house purchaser intends to take action against an allegedly negligent surveyor or valuer who provides a mortgage valuation report for the mortgagee, does […]

Landlords' entry rights re-visited

A decision preventing landlords to re-enter property under certain circumstances has been reversed by the Clarence Cafe v Comchester Properties High Court decision last November. Clarence Cafe had leased a pizzeria from Comchester Properties for £40,000 a year to the year 2000. However, it went into administration in March 1998 owing more than £26,000 in […]

Stalker on the internet

LOS ANGELES prosecutors have brought the first case of “cyber-stalking”, or harassment by computer. The prosecution is against a spurned security guard who posted advertisements on the internet in his victim’s name – claiming she was “into rape fantasy and gang-bang fantasy” – including her address, phone number and instructions on how to bypass her […]

…as it prepares for law firm cull

A leading insurer is demanding to know the financial details of nearly 100 firms, sparking fears that its overgrown panel is about to be slashed. A letter, in the form of a pro forma spreadsheet, issued by recently merged insurer CGU, requires firms to provide financial and operational data for 1998. Alistaire Layland, project leader […]

Picasso set to pay u250m to ex husband

Next week, the daughter of Pablo Picasso may pay out the biggest divorce settlement ever. Roger Pearson reports. NEXT Monday sees the start of a financial battle in the High Court’s Family Division which could make all others pale into insignificance. Recent weeks have seen Jerry Hall filing for divorce, and the talk is of […]

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