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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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Driving lessons in the fast lane

On the face of it, the recent Chancery Division ruling that city-based firm Hextall Erskine is liable to pay £3.6 million in respect of negligent advice given to Silverstone Circuits Ltd (SCL) is a cautionary tale. The obvious moral: don’t give wrong advice. But there is another lesson to be learned, according to the litigation […]

Hooray for the bravehearts

I see in last week’s issue the Solicitors Association is to contest the Law Society presidency. This is good news; the association’s views are common sense to most solicitors. Although naturally a Mears supporter, I applaud Anthony Bogan for his bravery in going forward for election. The issues are of fundamental importance and should be […]

Anti-Mears candidates contest Law Society seats

Controversial City lawyer David McIntosh, a fierce opponent of Law Society president Martin Mears, has been elected unopposed to a society council seat in London. Elsewhere, by-elections for council seats are being contested by both Mears supporters and his detractors. The Westminster constituency is being contested by Robert Roscoe and pro-Mears candidate Arnold Rosen. Out […]

QBD cases pending

Cases pending in the Queen’s Bench Division jury list include: Branson v Snowden (not before 15 July); Branson v G Tech UK Corporation and anor (not before 15 July); Snowden v Branson (not before 15 July); McPhilemy v Express Newspapers & ors (no date yet); Campbell v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (not before […]

Labour barrister settles libel action

LIZ DAVIES, the left-wing Labour councillor and barrister who was rejected as a parliamentary candidate by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) last September, has accepted an undisclosed but “modest” libel payout along with a public apology from the Financial Times. Solicitor Keith Schilling, acting for Davies, told Mr Justice French that Davies, an […]

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