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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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Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker can finally seal its merger with France’s Moquet Borde & Associes after gaining approval from the Paris Bar Association. The US firm originally voted on the merger with the French independent in December last year with the tie-up becoming official at the beginning of February. While Paul Hastings has been […]

Goldman Sachs funds ace joins King & Spalding

King & Spalding has scored another coup for its private equity group by taking on a funds specialist from Goldman Sachs. Stephen Culhane served as vice-president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs & Co and was legal director of the private equity group. He will join King & Spalding’s New York private equity group, […]

Bevan Ashford boosts London office with two appointments

Bevan Ashford has accelerated its push into London with the appointment of two new partners in the space of a month. Former Tarlo Lyons litigation partner Peter Moody, who specialises in IT, technology, retail and leisure disputes, joined the firm last Monday. Meanwhile, Pinsents banking and tax associate Christine McElroy is quitting her old firm to join Bevan […]

Herbert Smith tops M&A rankings with help from Sanofi-Synthelabo

Herbert Smith is at the top of Mergermarket’s announced European M&A league tables by value for the first time, partly thanks to its role on the first quarter’s mega-deal Sanofi-Synthelabo’s €53bn (£35.36bn) hostile bid for Aventis. The hostile bid, which could create the world’s third-largest pharmaceutical company, has dominated the deals-by-value tables, with 16 law […]

Quack attack

Feathers are flying at US law firm Crowell & Moring. Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks are quacking in fear following reports of a serial duck killer. London managing partner Peter Teare confirmed that there had indeed been cases of duckocide at the firm in recent weeks. The attacks follow an internal backlash by partners believed […]

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