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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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Gilbert's risky strategy

Paul Gilbert was poached from a booming plc to a struggling insurance house because, he says, he is seeking a new challenge. And from his new in-house role he is warning firms that they must start proving their worth. The former head of legal at Cheltenham & Gloucester (C&G) was appointed company secretary and head […]

Partners quit as Scots merger creates top five law company

Leading Scottish firms are facing a serious challenge to their domination of the legal market following a merger which has created the fourth largest practice north of the border. Bishop and Robertson Chalmers, based in Glasgow, has merged with Alex Morison & Co, based in Edinburgh, to create Morison Bishop. The merged firm’s combined total […]

Publisher fights for costs

Publisher David Elias is heading for a High Court confrontation with Paul Brookes Architects in a battle over a listed building in west London. Elias, represented by West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell, claims that work on an extension at the property in Neville Street, Kensington, was carried out in breach of the terms of […]

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