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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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Grapevine

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Blake Lapthorn works for free to win PMA job

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has replaced Manches as the principal legal adviser to the Property Managers Association (PMA) by offering to work free of charge. The firm, led by head of retail Stanley Beckett, has been appointed as the new sole legal adviser to the association, which represents the interests of the retail sector. The firm […]

Careers: people

King & Spalding has made a slew of hires. Paul Murphy rejoins as a partner in the Atlanta office of the firm where he spent nine years as a litigator. John Bentivoglio joins the Washington DC office as co-chair of the firm’s healthcare group. The firm has also hired patent litigators Alexas Skucas and Allison […]

Manchester blighted

Who’d be a Premier League director? Last week vandals, also known as Manchester United FC supporters, redecorated one of the club’s director’s cars. Maurice Watkins, long-time legal adviser to the once-successful outfit, found his Jaguar’s exterior had been repainted in a not unattractive Jackson Pollack style. The attack, for such it was, was naturally and […]

CMS vies for Slovak rail work

CMS Cameron McKenna and its Slovakian ally Law Office Ruzicka are competing together for their first government privatisation role after cementing their association earlier this year. The firms worked together for around 18 months before formalising their relationship in July. CMS’s Austrian member CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz also works closely with the Slovak firm, which is […]

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