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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 27/06/95

DAVID CHARLES WOODMAN, 49, admitted 1977, practised as Woodman Matthews & Co, Forest Gate, London E7, struck off and ordered to pay £642 costs. Allegations substantiated that Woodman, now living in Tenerife, Canary Islands, wrongly drew and used client money and abandoned his practice. Tribunal told bankruptcy order was made against Woodman in November 1991 […]

Hobsons takes on hi-tech whiz-kid

CITY FIRM Hobson Audley has appointed a hi-tech legal expert in an attempt to capitalise on the booming trade in information technology law. Robert Bond has joined the firm as a partner in the practice’s intellectual property and information technology department. Bond, a specialist in multimedia, leisure software and electronic commercial law, was previously a […]

Cautious Law Soc agrees to talks on Green Paper block contracts

DELEGATES at the Law Society’s Legal Aid conference have rejected wholesale opposition to Lord Mackay’s reform plans and voted instead to negotiate over block contracts. A resolution passed by the conference said the meeting “wholly distrusts the basis on which the Green Paper is written” but was prepared to negotiate “over time and with proper […]

Two-way exchange

Taking the fight down to the English, is how one Scottish solicitor describes the growth and development of work for some commercial firms in Scotland. More specifically the growth has been reflected in Glasgow-based firm McGrigor Donald’s emergence as Scotland’s largest firm, overtaking Edinburgh-based firm Dundas & Wilson. McGrigors managing partner Niall Scott says this […]

Open verdict on car crash barrister

THE CAUSE of a high-speed road crash which killed a Chester barrister remains unknown after East Clwyd coroner David Jones recorded an open verdict last week. Trevor Halbert, 42, died after his BMW crashed into a tree on a straight section of the A541 near Mold, North Wales, on 30 April. The car had been […]

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