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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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It would be wrong to describe Herbert Smith Freehills partner Allen Hanen as a rising star in his firm, but his profile has shot up since standing unsuccessfully for senior partner at Herbert Smith in 2009/10. Hanen was a rank outsider then – a Moscow-born Canadian who had not trained at the firm – but […]

The IRS issues final FATCA regulations

On January 17, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released 544 pages of final regulations implementing the provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA provisions of the Internal Revenue Code require non-U.S. financial institutions and investment entities to conduct due diligence on their account holders, broadly defined, and report on U.S. […]

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Hot 100: Helen Ward, Stewarts Law

The news in September 2012 that family partner Helen Ward (scroll down for video interview) was quitting Manches with a team of lawyers and staff was one of the biggest stories to hit the world of divorce law for some time. Ward, who had been at Manches for 18 years, is an acknowledged star and […]

Statutory underpinning of professional conduct

The first act of a dictator seeking to crush dissent, perhaps before even abolishing the free press and blocking the internet, would be to control lawyers (“The first thing we do, lets kill all the lawyers”: Henry VI Part 2). However, does the need to safeguard legal independence mean that lawyers should be entirely free to regulate themselves? […]

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Slaughter and May names new Hong Kong senior partner

Slaughter and May’s incumbent Hong Kong senior partner Richard Thornhill will retire from the firm on 30 January with partner Peter Brien taking over the role. Thornhill joined Slaughters’ London office in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. He relocated from London to Hong Kong in 1990 and has been there since. He was […]

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