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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: Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy has redrawn its partnership deed, introducing a corporate style of governance to make the firm more accountable to its partners. The firm has introduced an 11-member board, from which seven members will stand for election in October – including managing partner John Rink and senior partner Bill Tudor John. After October’s election, […]

It's been a bad week for…

Marriot Harrison, the media specialist firm which is acting for Lucasfilm, the makers of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. The firm is now helping Lucasfilm defeat the menace of the internet, after UK bootleggers pulled off the most sophisticated piracy job in cyberspace history. UK pirates are playing merry hell by distributing […]

Doughty Street Chambers

Christine Kings, senior clerk at Geoffrey Robertson’s Doughty Street Chambers, advocates a common educational programme for both solicitors and barristers owing to the shortage of tenancies. Kings says: “Many people come through and don’t get a tenancy, and other people start out as solicitors because they have more prospect of a steady income, then go […]

Getting real about legal education

Life for law students is set to change and their future employers are hoping the developments will reflect more accurately the needs of a profession that is itself changing. The change is happening at many levels. Students enrolling for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Leicester’s De Montfort University this year, for instance, will be […]

Civil court claims tumble amid Woolf reforms chaos

The number of claims filed in civil courts around the country has fallen dramatically since the Woolf reforms, amid accusations that the courts are a mess. While there are no figures being collated, the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has confirmed anecdotal reports of the drop since the 26 April reforms. A spokesman says: “The indications […]

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