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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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FFW streamlines operations to bring top PPP up to £500K

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has undergone a thorough restructuring that has helped boost average profits per partner (PPP) by 12 per cent, while those at the top of equity will now take home £500,000, a rise of 33 per cent. The firm has rejigged its management board, revamped its remuneration system and slashed non-performing partners […]

Appealing court

After hours of hearing skeleton argument and days of judicial deliberation, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has at last ruled that courts no longer have to phone litigants to ask whether they will be able to attend on time for the hearing. This is great news and shows the far-sighted thinking of the EAT. After […]

Green set to replace Freshfields within hours

Philip Green is set to appoint a new law firm within the next few hours to potentially replace Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Freshfields is currently waiting to appeal an injunction brought against the firm yesterday by Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) law firm Slaughter and May with a hearing set for 2.00pm this afternoon (3 June). However […]

Self-induced comma

CMS Cameron McKenna knows a bandwagon when it spots one. Not content with joining the ‘Speak Plain English’ lobby, the firm has corralled author-of-the-moment Lynne Truss to help spread the word to its legions of poorly punctuating professionals. The so-called “high priestess of punctuation” and author of the million-selling handbook on all things comma-related, Eats, […]

Is the grass really greener?

For some lawyers, the ultimate work-life balance choice is relocating overseas. Jason Horobin reports Although UK lawyers crop up everywhere from New York to Nairobi these days, some of the biggest sources of opportunities for aspiring expatriates are to be found offshore – more specifically, the Channel Islands, the Caymans, the British Virgin Islands or […]

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