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Coming to America: Jersey approves US-style LLCs

Jersey’s decision to allow the creation of limited liability companies (LLCs) will allow the island to attract more US-based clients and offer more flexibility than the current partnership status based on English law. Here, partner James Willmott and associate David Patterson examine the options. In a move aimed at catering to Jersey’s growing pan-Atlantic business, […]

Jersey – Practical Guide to Property Law

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is a self-governing British Crown Dependency with its own financial and legal systems and its own courts of law. Jersey property law is derived from a mixture of local statute and customary (common) law. Jersey’s customary law has evolved from Norman-French law and is primarily contained […]

Changes to Guernsey’s corporate tax residence rules

Guernsey’s rules on corporate tax residence changed at the beginning of 2019 following amendments to its existing tax law brought into effect by a combination of the Income Tax (Guernsey) (Amendment) (No 2) Ordinance 2018, the Income Tax (Substance Requirements) (Implementation) Regulations, 2018 and the Income Tax (Substance Requirements) (Implementation) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018, all passed […]

Bombay High Court refuses anti arbitration injuncton against arbitration proceedings on the question of appointment of the tribunal

On 17 December 2018, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court (Court), in Ravi Arya & Ors v. Palm View Overseas Limited & Ors, passed an important order in relation to an antiarbitration injunction sought by the Plaintiffs in the matter, against an arbitral proceeding seated in Mumbai. The Court held that a challenge to the constitution […]

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Group pushes for relaxation of dogs Act

The Law Society has safeguarded its discretion over when to compensate victims of dishonest solicitors, following a successful appeal which it says “entirely vindicated” its policies. In December the Court of Appeal held the Law Society was not obliged to compensate mortgage lenders defrauded by dishonest solicitors when the losses were caused principally by inflated […]

Courts rise to the challenge

Although the legal system is frequently criticised for its slowness, when the necessity arises the courts do have a quick response mechanism. This has been illustrated recently by the unusual case in the High Court Family Division of an expectant mother whose chronic terror of needles stood in the way of her receiving potentially life […]

In brief: Managing partner for Birmingham office

Banking lawyer John Hughes has been appointed managing partner of Needham & James’ Birmingham office. Hughes joined the practice from rival Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now Dibb Lupton Alsop) in December 1995. He succeeds Keith James, who will continue to practise as a partner in the firm. Needham & James, which is based in Stratford upon […]

Insuring everybody's access to justice

The debate about legal aid rumbles on. Commitments are few, platitudes are plenty, but of solutions there are none. For those who have a continuing and sincere interest in access to justice, after stripping out all question of vested interests, the position is dire. Leaving aside, for one minute, those who do qualify for legal […]

QBD to pilot applications by video link

Lawyers throughout the country may be able to make applications to the Queen’s Bench by video conference if a pilot scheme is successful. Under a scheme designed to save expensive and time-consuming trips to court, lawyers on the Northern Circuit will soon be able to make applications to Queen’s Bench Masters by video conference. If […]

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