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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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Andersens faces £110m damages bill following De Lorean action

Arthur Andersen is trying to overturn a US court ruling over the De Lorean bankruptcy that has landed it with a damages bill of about $110m. Andersens was last month ordered by a New York court to pay $46m damages to creditors, for breach of contract and negligent audit of the De Lorean Motor Company, […]

NI Law Society refuses to back UN call for inquiry into lawyer's murder

The former partner of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane has attacked the Law Society of Northern Ireland for refusing to back a United Nations’ call for a public inquiry into the killing. UN Special Rapporteur Param Cumaraswamy last week published his report into human rights abuses in Northern Ireland which called for a judicial inquiry into […]

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