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Blog: Application for an inquest into Alfie Evans’ death is without merit

By Bridget Dolan QC R (Allman) v HM Senior Coroner for Liverpool and Wirral The short and desperately tragic life of Alfie Evans, and his parents’ heart-rending fight to have him transferred to Rome for continuation of his life sustaining treatment, has recently been fully played out in the public arena. The public hearings in the […]

Implications of a ‘no Brexit deal’ on business structuring, accounting and audit

By Alison Johnson As 29 March 2019 draws ever closer and Brexit withdrawal negotiations continue, the UK government has started to release a series of technical notices outlining the implications of a “no Brexit deal” on certain key topics and industries. Noting that changes in business structuring, accounting and audit will be of interest to […]

Mortgage portfolio transfers – How a stitch in time saves nine

By Abigail Hadfield Inadvertently failing to transfer the legal title to even a handful of mortgages following a portfolio acquisition can be a costly mistake. The secondary market in residential mortgage books is thriving, and purchasers are increasingly being caught out by this apparently simple issue. In the majority of cases, a suitably-worded power of […]

Governing law and jurisdiction clause in contracts

By Gordon Bell, Tom Price, David Lowe Governing law and jurisdiction or dispute clauses are two distinct things. Governing law is the substantive law of the contract and dispute resolution clauses are the clauses that tell you where and how your dispute is going to be resolved. They are very different. One does not imply the other and […]

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Millennium appeal to be rushed through

Roger Pearson reports on a last-minute hearing hoping to clear the way for the funding of a millennium park in Liverpool. The start of an appeal expected to last two days has been set for 25 August in one of the fastest cases to pass through the courts recently. The case involves a last-minute bid […]

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Sacked Kiss FM disc jockey Steve Jackson, who presented Kiss FM’s breakfast programme Morning Glory, is taking his former employers to an employment tribunal, alleging they ejected him because they wanted male, white presenters to appeal to a more mainstream audience. Jackson, who earned u80,000 a year and won the Sony Gold Breakfast Presenter of […]

Don't judge CC merger before results are seen

There are always going to be casualties and malcontents in mergers on the scale of that between Clifford Chance, Rogers & Wells and Punder Volhard Weber & Axster. Rogers & Wells has lost six partners this year, and though some of these departures are for personal reasons, it is still a high number for an […]

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Linklaters offers no win, no fee deal for pension cases

Linklaters is to offer a no win, no fee deal for clients appealing pension decisions. If the conditional fee scheme is successful, it is likely to spread to other areas of commercial litigation. The move follows a change in legislation last year allowing firms to adopt contingency fee arrangements for civil cases. Before, it applied […]

Bank calls up two US giants for BOC sell-off

Two Transatlantic heavyweights have been called in to advise on the joint u7.2bn takeover bid by Air Liquide and Air Products of British Oxygen (BOC). In a twist that has puzzled the two firms involved in the deal, Chase Manhattan Bank, the senior debt arranger for the $7bn (u4.4bn) financing deal, has instructed different US […]

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