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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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Richards J slates Herbert Smith’s ‘lackadaisical’ approach to disclosure

Mr Justice Richards has accused Herbert Smith of taking a “lackadaisical” approach to a disclosure exercise in a case in which the firm has been instructed by Irish businessman Paddy McKillen. McKillan has instructed partner John Whiteoak in a legal fight with the Barclay brothers for control of the five-star Maybourne Hotel Group in London. […]

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Leading sets sign up to bar social mobility scheme

The Inner Temple has launched a social mobility initiative in partnership with 42 chambers with the aim of giving work experience to underrepresented students. The Pegasus Access Scheme (PAS), which is aimed at university students or recent graduates, will provide a range of three- to five-day mini-pupillages at the partner chambers, which include UK top […]

US firms take the pain with the gain

What do drink, drugs and BlackBerrys have in common with US firms’ London expansion? That’s right, they all ruin relationships. Just ask Goodwin Procter, Proskauer Rose and Ropes & Gray, all of which enjoyed close ties to Travers Smith before significantly expanding their City offices. But Travers is now reviewing its relationships with US firms […]

Nixon Peabody ties up with Chinese firm in strategic alliance

US firm Nixon Peabody has increased its offering in the greater China region by forming a strategic alliance with Beijing-headquartered Hylands Law Firm. The alliance is set to provide the firm’s clients with more sophisticated support and services on the ground in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing and other growing business centres of China. Hylands […]

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