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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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A&O lawyer joins 'young Turks' in PFI taskforce

Allen & Overy project finance senior assistant David Lee is the only lawyer to be appointed to the eight-strong Treasury Project Taskforce, which has been set up to drive forward PFI deals. Lee, who has advised on PFI projects to build several prisons, the Docklands Light Railway and the Channel Tunnel rail link, joins seven […]

Advice firm folds after DTI probe

Access to Justice Ltd, a benevolent company that provides legal advice to those who cannot afford a lawyer but are not eligible for legal aid, has been wound up following an investigation by the Department of Trade and Industry. The non-profit-making organisation, whose patrons include 12 Old Square silk John Roberts QC, was closed exceptionally […]

Cameron McKenna advises on Energis float

Cameron McKenna is acting on what is expected to be the biggest flotation this year – National Grid’s sell-off of a minority stake in its telecoms arm, Energis. Corporate partner Sean Watson is leading the 26-strong team advising Energis, the same team which, when part of McKenna & Co, advised National Grid on its own […]

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