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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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Herbert Smith creates nine partners

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Mickey Mouse merger

Who can blame the humble Dibb Lupton partnership for being a little starstruck? Since the 1 January merger, you can’t move at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary for all the US governors, peacemakers and politicians pacing the corridors – and new senior partner Senator George Mitchell is a scary case in point. But it takes […]

Mayer Brown targets competition with Dentons hire

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is ramping up its London-based EU and competition practice after poaching partner Gillian Sproul from Denton Wilde Sapte. The hire doubles Mayer Brown’s competition group in London, led by former Watson Farley & Williams partner, Frances Murphy. “We are aggressively expanding our group to meet the level of client activity […]

Three LLPs release first accounts

Three firms have unveiled their first LLP accounts for the end of the 2004 financial year. Freethcartwright reported revenues of £18.3m for the nine months from July 2003 to March 2004. Chief executive Peter Smith said the firm adopted a one-off adjustment to accounting standard FRS5 last year, which meant that fee income from certain […]

Ex-Norton Rose partner returns to take up new compliance role

Norton Rose has appointed a former partner as its first ever head of compliance. Jonathan Ody, who retired in 2002 after spending 39 years as a partner in Norton Rose’s property department, returns to the partnership to take up the newly created role. As the firm’s global compliance head, Ody will be responsible for making […]

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