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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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Fox and the terrier

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Keeble Hawson hires two from local rivals

Keeble Hawson has boosted its clinical negligence and construction and dispute resolution departments with two lateral hires from fellow Yorkshire-based firms. `Rachelle Mahapatra has come from Hartley & Worstenholme and Anthony Glaister has left Denison Till where he was a partner for 12 years.`Mahapatra said: “I was attracted to working in a bigger department and […]

Baker & McKenzie clinches NTL deal over Travers Smith

NTL has overlooked its ongoing relationship with Travers Smith Braithwaite and has hired international law firm Baker & McKenzie. `Baker & McKenzie advised NTL on a $2bn (£1.4bn) IT outsourcing agreement to IBM Global Services.`Under the agreement NTL is outsourcing all its IT services in the UK and Ireland until 2012.`NTL does not have a […]

A View from the Asia Pacific

Readers of The Lawyer could not have missed that what were once large London law firms doing international work are now global law firms. In the last decade or so, their offices have proliferated in Asia and elsewhere. Usually these ventures have been successful and so the new offices have expanded rapidly.`Followers of this phenomenon […]

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