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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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Garretts loses top partner to Dibbs

Garretts’ Manchester office has suffered a blow with the departure of its head of corporate development to Dibb Lupton Alsop. Stephen Devlin, who set up the practice four years ago, is one of the City’s top lawyers. He stepped down from the managing partner position last year. “It is always disappointing to lose good people […]

US giant Latham & Watkins plots merger with City firm

The fourth largest US law firm, Latham & Watkins, is looking to merge with a London firm – and Linklaters is being mooted as a possible partner. City firm Linklaters has met with partners from the Los Angeles-based US giant, which visited London on a factfinding mission. Latham & Watkins has 1,000 lawyers and a […]

Wragges signs up with council

WRAGGE & Co has signed a partnership contract with Buckinghamshire County Council which will see the two teams working together. The three-year agreement gives the Buckinghamshire in-house team access to the resources of the law firm to work together on training, technology and system development. It is the first deal of its kind to be […]

Tony Williams steps down…

Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams is stepping down from his high-profile role following the firm’s decision to merge with Rogers & Wells. He is only two years into his five-year term but denies rumours circulated by rival firms that he has been sidelined in the new expansion. “I have had a couple of very […]

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The Legal Practice Managers Association will elect a new chairperson to replace Christine Kings, practice manager of Geoffrey Robertson QC’s Doughty Street Chambers at its AGM on 22 July when King comes to the end of her reign.

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