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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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Shadbolt enters HK

Reigate-based Shadbolt & Co – a niche construction law practice set up by the former head of McKenna & Co’s construction department – has opened a two-lawyer Hong Kong office, to be run by former Simmons & Simmons partner Colin Dodd.

No good from hypnosis case

Paul McKenna I read with some surprise the comments made by Martin Smith of Martin Smith & Co in Roger Pearson’s article (The Lawyer, 22 September, page 18). I was the subject of the action brought by Mr Gates. I am responding to Smith’s suggestion that “some good has come of the action”. The findings […]

Conveyancing revolution hits the high street

Estate Agent Hambro Countrywide is tactful enough not to say it was as easy as taking candy from the proverbial baby. But in setting up Hambro Countrywide Conveyancing (HCC), Hambro met about as much opposition from the profession as the All Blacks get from the Welsh rugby team. “If you look at the profession, it […]

Clifford Chance leads final bid to rescue Russian debts

Clifford Chance lawyers will make a final attempt this week to strike a deal for Western banks with the Russian central bank on how businesses and institutions there will repay billions of dollars in defaulted domestic debt. The lawyers have until 17 November, when the 90-day debt moratorium imposed by the Russian government expires. If […]

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