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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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SIF distorting market claims Michael Beloff

Michael Beloff QC has attacked the Law Society’s Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) for restricting and distorting competition under European Community law. Beloff’s advice was requested by the November Group, which is campaigning against compulsory professional indemnity insurance. Beloff also says that SIF is “the creation and puppet of the Law Society” and through it the […]

BP chops in-house legal team

Up to 20 per cent of BP’s in-house lawyers are to be axed over the next couple of months as a result of the £67.5bn merger with Amoco completed late last year. BP is planning to cut its legal department, which employs over 340 lawyers worldwide. Peter Bevan, head of BP’s legal department, says: “The […]

Marketing does not add value to service – or reputation

Many City firms are facing the coming year with fear and trepidation. The managing partners of most medium-sized firms risk losing a large number of clients to the bigger firms and, as such, the prospect of merging has become increasingly more attractive. Some firms have already indicated that they intend to fight their corner by […]

SPC chief blames delays on sabotage

The beleaguered Solicitors Property Centre Network Services (SPCNS) is nearly out of money and it claims that attempts to launch the first Solicitors Property Centre (SPC) in England were sabotaged by estate agencies. SPCNS director Tony Bogan says that the first SPC – which will offer a property selling service in house – would have […]

Swapping law for crocodiles

A trainee solicitor-cum-Crocodile Dundee adventurer has given new hope to those wanting to opt out of the law. Twenty four-year-old Abigail Wilkinson of Solihull gave up her traineeship at a Birmingham firm where she aimed to specialise in EU law, because she found it “boring”. Wilkinson then went backpacking in the Australian outback, fell overboard […]

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