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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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In brief: Jonathan Bond

In last week’s story “Firms retain trainees as market picks up”, Allen & Overy graduate recruitment manager Jonathan Bond should have been quoted as saying demand for qualifying solicitors was highest in the corporate, banking and international capital markets areas, not the corporate, property and international capital sectors as printed.

Co-operation not litigation

I read with sadness the article regarding the year 2000 “time-bomb” in the 30 July issue of The Lawyer. While other markets are discussing with software companies and designers the solution to this problem, the legal fraternity seems to be promoting litigation. Yes, of course there is a problem. Without modification software will become chronologically […]

In brief: Home buyer insurance scheme

A Scottish solicitor has launched an insurance scheme for home buyers which he hopes will change the way the public buy legal services. The Home Buyer Legal Protection scheme of Raymond Connor, of Edinburgh firm Connor Malcolm, is underwritten by EuropAssistance and ensures that for a payment of £37.50, home buyers will have £25,000 of […]

Exchange lawyers in line for EC funds

The European Commission is proposing making £7.1 million (ECU8.8 million) available to groups of lawyers who want to go on foreign exchanges or seminars. Patrick Oliver, of the Law Society’s Brussels office, said: “This is a lot of money which could help English solicitors strengthen their ties with their continental colleagues. “The money would be […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 06/08/96

Basil Pearson Mellon, 70, admitted 1951, practised in partnership as Basil P Mellon & Co, Gateshead and Newcastle, struck off and ordered to pay £4,949 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and had been jailed for offences of dishonesty. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s report revealed cash shortage on Mellon’s client […]

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