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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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In brief: Judges criticised after landmark ruling

English judges have come under attack for valuing property rights before human rights after the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that upheld journalists’ rights to protect their sources. The criticism has come from Geoffrey Robertson QC, who defended Bill Goodwin, a journalist with The Engineer, who was fined £5,000 for protecting a source. “This […]

Moves at the top

US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has appointed a new chair. Mel Immergut, a partner in the firm’s corporate and banking department since 1980, succeeds Francis Logan who has retired. Partners Trayton Davis, from the capital markets group, and Frank Puleo, co-head of the firm’s banking and institutional investment group, have been elected to […]

Judges appointed by secret 'whispers'

The appointment of judges will remain unfair and secretive if the recommendations of the Conservative dominated Home Affairs Committee are followed. So say women and black lawyers after the publication of a Home Affairs Committee report which recommends that judges should continue to be appointed by secret soundings of senior barristers. The committee also says […]

Charter mark for Scottish property deals

A SCHEME to boost the quality of conveyancing in Scotland could see the creation of officially approved “chartered conveyancers”. The Law Society of Scotland has embarked on a project to devise a conveyancing quality standard for firms to use as a marketing tool. The aim is to encourage firms to provide an expert service in […]

The cyberspace trading blues

The fundamental problem with the Internet is the way it functions. Digital data can flow in seconds to anywhere in the world unaffected by laws framed by reference to territories and matter. Unfortunately, when it was established by academic and defence institutions in the 1960s, the protection of intellectual property rights and the regulation of […]

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