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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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Addleshaws to cut 40 jobs after 17 per cent profit drop

Addleshaw Goddard has begun a redundancy consultation among its support staff at the end of a financial year that saw net profit drop by 17 per cent. The news comes as the firm introduces a host of structural and strategic changes, including the launch of offices in Singapore and Dubai. The offices, which are slated […]

Andreas Neocleous spreads its wings with plan to establish Beijing outpost

Cyprus’s largest firm, Andreas Neocleous & Co, is setting out its stall to become a more international outfit by unveiling plans to open in Beijing. The firm has submitted an application to establish a representative office in the Chinese capital and is also looking for a Chinese alliance firm, corporate head Elias Neocleous ­confirmed to The Lawyer. […]

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Defame academy

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Family value: how private client filled the corp gap

Family constitutions, governance, succession planning and plain old hard work are in the spotlight, writes Catrin Griffiths from Monaco Long associated with crumbling stately homes, errant marquises and Uncle Matthews, private client work has now stepped decisively into the City mainstream. With corporate funds evacuating the market as the recession took hold, international private investors […]

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Mr Clean: Graham Arthur, UK Anti Doping

Graham Arthur, director of legal at UK Anti-Doping, leads a team looking to level the playing field for Britain’s sportsmen and women. Joanne Harris reports  On the shelf in ­Graham Arthur’s modest office overlooking Trafalgar Square is a plastic bottle of sports supplement. It is an unusual feature for a lawyer’s room, but it […]

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