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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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Citi and Wells Fargo battle for Wachovia

The litigators have been called in for a dispute over the purchase of US bank Wachovia between potential buyers Citigroup and Wells Fargo. The battle began last week when Citi instructed New York litigator Greg Joseph, name partner at Gregory P Joseph Law Offices and former litigation chairman at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. […]

Robert Anderson QC: Blackstone Chambers

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Wild frontiers: Sarah Clinch, Aureos Advisors

As legal counsel at private equity house Aureos Advisors, Sarah Clinch often has to work in countries with little, if any, legislation for financial deals. Looking for a lawyer in Brunei? Step forward Sarah Clinch, legal ;counsel at private equity house Aureos Advisors. “Joining Aureos has certainly improved my geography,” says Clinch, whose company operates […]

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Dead Zeppelin?

Mirroring the residential property market boom, conveyancing practices inflated in size like helium-filled balloons. And when the market began to fall, the sound of air escaping conveyancing practices reverberated through destinations like Milton Keynes, Leeds and the West End like the sound of a thousand raspberries being blown at once. Twenty-five at Fox Hayes, four […]

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