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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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In the wake of the Roger Levitt trial scandal, complaints will be lodged at the Bar Council over the alleged professional misconduct of all three prosecution barristers in the 1993 trial. Levitt’s former solicitor John Perry, a partner at Goldkorn Davies Mathias, and John Marshall, Conservative MP for Hendon South, are drafting formal complaints against […]

Don't Surrender…

Solicitors generally have a good understanding of endowment policies and a great many have such policies themselves. Therefore, recent bad publicity regarding newly issued endowments, together with rapidly increasing numbers of home owners who find themselves saddled with negative equity will not have passed unnoticed for many solicitors who may handle the associated conveyancing transactions […]

Winners in PI's 'Americanisation'

The row over selling accident victims’ names for £1 a time, which sparked apoplectic attacks in the heavyweight press about ‘ambulance chasing’ lawyers ‘Americanising’ personal injury litigation, raises serious issues: how is an accident victim expected to find a competent lawyer? Are personal injury lawyers really bringing transatlantic litigation to the UK and if so, […]

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Council seeks answers to race diaparity in Bar course

THE COUNCIL of Legal Education has ordered a new inquiry into why black students continue to fare worse than white students on the Bar Vocational Course. Figures released by the council last week show this year’s pass rate among ethnic minority students fell to 74.6 per cent from last year’s 80 per cent. Among white […]

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