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To AirBnB or not to AirBnB? A guide for homeowners and tenants in Jersey

By Laura Shirreffs,  Jonathan Hughes The JEP earlier this month reported that Jersey has seen an explosion in the number of Airbnb properties listed in the Island with an increase of more than 800% in the last four years. For those unfamiliar with the website, Airbnb allows people to offer short-term lodgings or home stays […]

At a Glance Guide to BVI Wills for non-doms

By Gavin Ferguson, Marcus Leese, Fraser Allister, Wisdom Hon For individuals domiciled outside of the British Virgin Islands, a separate will covering BVI assets can simplify the probate process – as well as providing certainty over who administers the estate, over the distribution of assets on death and offering a cheaper solution. BVI law distinguishes […]

EU Clean Energy Package: Council of the European Union adopts remaining legislative acts reforming the European electricity market

By Kristóf Ferenczi, Balázs Sepsey The European Commission had announced the Energy Union Framework Strategy in 2015, setting out the main objectives of the EU energy policy to be followed in the future.  As a fundamental pillar of the Energy Union Framework Strategy, in November 2016 the European Commission presented its package of legislative proposals, […]

Jaguar Land Rover V Landwind: Acts Of Unfair Competition And Copyright Infringement

By Jamie Rowlands, Alice li On 13 March 2019, the three-year court battle between British automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (“JLR”) and Chinese automotive manufacturer Jiangling Motors Corporation (“Jiangling”) resulted in a long-awaited victory for JLR and the wider automotive industry. The Beijing Chaoyang District People’s Court (“Court”) ruled at first instance that Jiangling’s unauthorised […]

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Banking chief takes the helm as Simmons head bows out

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In brief: Steve Orchard

Steve Orchard, the Legal Aid Board’s chief executive, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to legal aid. He has worked in the legal profession for more than 37 years and at the LAB for 10 years. He says: “I’m obviously delighted for myself and my colleagues who have […]

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