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Gowling WLG sells Monaco office in shift from private client work

Gowling WLG’s Monaco office has been acquired by an advisory firm, nearly two decades after legacy firm Lawrence Graham launched private client-focused operations in the principality. The office has been acquired by advisory firm Maitland, with the new entity being renamed as Maitland Advisory (Monaco). It will be led by former Gowling partner Peter Walford, who will now […]

Edinburgh

Addleshaws parts ways with Scottish private client practice after team defection

Over a year into its Scottish merger, Addleshaw Goddard has lost a ten-strong private client team to independent firm Morton Fraser. The head of Addleshaw’s private client team in Edinburgh, Gregor Mitchell, will move across to Morton Fraser, alongside legal director Euan Fleming and a team of eight consultants, solicitors, paralegals and executive assistants. The defection comes […]

Mayfair

Ex-Schillings trio join forces for new reputation boutique

One of Schillings’ most senior privacy partners has left the firm to launch a new boutique offering with his former colleague. Chris Scott will form the new venture Himsworth Scott with a former senior associate of Schillings Matt Himsworth, who left the firm in 2012. The pair will be joined by a third lawyer at […]

Analysis

Have we forgotten how to listen?

We shout a lot these days and we seem to have forgotten how to listen. Even if we are listening it is, more often than at any time in the history of mankind, within our own bubble as we plug in the earphones and pull up the audio drawbridge. There’s a lot of shouting on […]

Featured briefings

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Private Client 2019

By Philippe Pulfer, Olivier Sigg Welcome to the 2019 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Client which I am delighted to introduce this year. The Guide covers a comprehensive and diverse range of articles that would pique the interest of any domestic or international practice client adviser. The publication is designed to provide readers […]

Time for Islanders to use new law to record wishes about assets and care

By Simon Lofthouse January is the traditional time of year for writing or updating your will, but Islanders should also consider a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to record their wishes about their assets and personal care should they lose mental capacity. That’s the view of lawyer Simon Lofthouse from Ogier’s Jersey Private Client & Trusts […]

Proposed amendments to the Canadian Patent Law: An update

By Roch J. Ripley On Dec. 1, 2018, the Canadian government published for public consultation an updated version of its proposed amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules. The consultation period runs from Dec. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018, and follows a consultation process performed in respect of an earlier draft of the Rules published in August 2017. The updated version of […]

Final means final (or does it?) Dooneen v Mond confirmation

By Rob Aberdein The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the Scottish case Dooneen Ltd v Mond giving important clarity for creditors, debtors, trustees and financial institutions as to the correct construction of the words “final distribution” in a voluntary trust deed. Background In 2006, Mr Davidson granted a trust deed in favour of his creditors, and […]

Making a will by foreign domiciled persons to cover Jersey based movable assets

By Victoria Grogan This briefing has been prepared for clients domiciled outside Jersey who are considering making a will to cover their Jersey based movable assets. This briefing attempts to answer some of the more common questions that are asked by people who are not domiciled in Jersey, but hold assets here and are concerned about […]

Government’s new probate fees – just an extra death tax?

By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]

Jersey: The Trusts Law 2018 – An insight

By Siobhan Riley, Andreas Kistler The Trusts (Amendment No. 7) (Jersey) Law 2018 (the Amendment Law), which came into force on 8 June 2018, reÊnes and further enhances Jersey’s trusts legislation, the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the Law). Since its introduction in 1984, the Law has been amended and updated periodically, the last changes having been made […]

Trust legislation in Guernsey

By Russell Clark Much of Guernsey’s economic success over the past 50 years or so has been largely due to its adaptability and flexibility to react to changing market situations and conditions. This adaptability is no better illustrated than by the island’s willingness to amend and review legislation to ensure that it retains its position within […]

Executors no longer need to swear an oath before receiving grant of probate

By Aidan Grant The Government has announced that, from the end of November, executors will no longer need to formally swear an oath before receiving the grant of probate – instead they will be able to make a ‘digital’ statement of truth. This move by the Government will be a welcome relief for executors nationwide, as […]

Government increases probate fees for wealthiest estates by 3,770%

By Aidan Grant Although the increase in probate fees to £6,000 for those estates worth more than £2,000,000 will understandably grab the headlines, the underlying policy contains more detail which should not be ignored. Firstly it is worth remembering that this highest band is a significant reduction on the £20,000 band proposed in 2017. Secondly […]

Liability for whistleblowing detriment extends to dismissals

By Stuart McBride In a judgment recently handed down on the case of Timis, Sage v Osipov, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the EAT’s view that personal liability for whistleblowing detriment extends to dismissals and the losses that result. What is the significance?

Liability for failure to remove information damaging business reputation online

Since April 23, 2018, the provisions of the Federal Law No. 229-ФЗ “On Enforcement Proceedings” dated October 2, 2007, regulate the procedure for enforcement of the requirement contained in the executive document to remove information distributed on the Internet that defames the honor, dignity or damages business reputation of a citizen or damages business reputation […]

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