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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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Lawyers force FSA to defend short-selling ‘quick fix’

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has provoked a storm of protest from City law firms with its new rules on short-selling. Since making the shock announcement last week, the regulator has been inundated with questions and yesterday was forced to release a second statement to clarify its position. The new regime, which comes into force […]

Law Society faces £65m bill to fund pension deficit

THE LAW Society must plough at least £40m into its closed final salary pension scheme in a bid to reduce its massive deficit. The society, which is funded almost entirely by fees collected from solicitors, has paid £67m into the scheme since 2005 but trustees have indicated that a further £40m is required to account […]

Simpson Thacher advises AIG on CEO exit

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising the board of American International Group (AIG) on the exit of its chief executive, Martin Sullivan. Simpson litigation partner Jamie Gamble along with firm chairman Dick Beattie are advising AIG on a range of issues relating to the business’ recent deteriorating performance, including the ousting yesterday (16 June) of […]

DuPont legal chief retires after 35 years

US chemical company DuPont has appointed a new general counsel as top lawyer Stacey Mobley retires after 35 years in-house. The company has chosen assistant general counsel Thomas Sager as Mobley’s replacement. Mobley joined DuPont in 1972 and rose through the ranks to become general counsel in 1999. DuPont ;chairman Charles Holliday said: “Stacey will […]

Newcastle firms merge to create Mincoff Jacksons

Two North East firms have merged to create a major player within Newcastle’s second tier. Mincoffs from Tyneside and Jacksons from Teesside will create a 21-partner firm Mincoff Jacksons, with a combined turnover of around £10m, taking it to a size comparable to Newcastle’s Muckle, Sintons or Crutes. Mincoffs senior partner Howard Gold said: “The […]

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