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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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Imperial Tobacco picks A&O for Hamburg advice

A&O invades Ashursts’ territory to win work on the largest acquisition this year Allen & Overy has secured Imperial Tobacco as a new client following its instruction on the company’s £3.2bn acquisition of Hamburg-based tobacco company Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken.The instruction on this year’s largest acquisition so far will come as a blow to rival firm Ashurst […]

Islamic funding gets English court assent

A landmark judgment by an English court upheld a central principle of ancient Islamic funding after a unique challenge was made against it. The significance of the case is heightened as Islamic financing is becoming an increasing feature of large-scale deals in the Middle East, carried out alongside Western banks.Also, business finance company Datamonitor reported […]

Lawrence Graham drops investment arm

Lawrence Graham is hiving off its investment management arm to avoid regulation by the Financial Services Authority From 1 May the firm’s investment division will be operated by Maidstone-based Ashcourt Asset Management, which also runs the investment management wing of Blake Lapthorn, Brachers and Wilsons. The sum of funds it manages will now total £250m.

DEAL OF THE WEEK – DANONE

Carnelutti and Bredin Prat handle Danone brand sale Italian law firm Carnelutti and French firm Bredin Prat have advised Danone on its sale of Italian food brand Galbani to private equity group BC Partners.The French dairy products company agreed to sell its Galbani food unit to the UK buyout firm for g1.02bn (£626.7m).The deal is […]

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