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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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Speechly growth necessitates office shift

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Peter Fleischer: Google

Google’s global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer is on a crusade to uphold the company’s stance against governments breaching users’ right to privacy. By Malar Velaigam Internet giant Google is famous for several reasons: its highly popular search engine, its unorthodox organisation structure and its big acquisitions, such as the purchase of YouTube last October. But […]

Freshfields boosts German associate salaries

Junior associates at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s German arm will be some of the best paid in the country once a salary boost of €10,000 (£6,800) kicks in this autumn. As first revealed by German publication Juve, the magic circle firm has increased its base salary for associates to between €90,000 (£61,000) and €100,000 (£68,000) from […]

Crutes targets North East rivals with director swoop

North East firm Crutes has appointed its first-ever commercial director in chartered accountant Tim Robinson. Robinson joins the firm from £400m North East-based specialist vehicle and engineering business Tanfield Group, where he was finance director. He is charged with expanding the firm’s service offering from its current portfolio of litigation, insurance and public sector work […]

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