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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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TRIC shot

Last week (5 November), The Lawyer revealed news of Norton Rose‘s new international strategy to focus on Turkey, Russia, India and China. They are the TRIC countries, apparently, rather than the BRIC countries, which comprise the same ones, but with Brazil instead of Turkey. It’s been dubbed ‘New Horizons’, which is unfortunate. It merely adds […]

Keeping the US at bay

As the US flexes its muscles beyond its own borders and seeks to enforce its economic sanctions laws in Europe, British businesses face stark choices. Last month, the US Administration announced a new series of unilateral economic sanctions against Iran, significantly raising the stakes in what is one of the most pressing diplomatic wars on […]

BAE ‘resets’ legal dept in wake of SFO inquiry

Defence giant BAE Systems has revolutionised its legal team, creating 15 new roles, including the company’s first-ever global compliance chief and its first lawyer in Saudi Arabia. The company saw a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into its business dealings with Saudi Arabia dropped on Government orders earlier in the year, a decision that Lord […]

Morgan Lewis scoops Norton Rose partner

Morgan Lewis has snared a corporate finance equity partner from Norton Rose. Iain Wright, who was with Norton Rose for 16 years, joined the London office of Morgan Lewis last week as part of the firm’s focus on this practice group. Wright said: “At Norton Rose I was very much involved in the telecoms sector. […]

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