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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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Dentons, Linklaters, Travers Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have settled a £184m battle between the Pensions Regulator and Lehman Brothers administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The settlement will mean that pension scheme members will receive benefits due to them and ends a six-year battle between the administrators, the Pensions Regulator and the scheme trustees. The £184m […]

Shoosmiths hires two new partners to its Birmingham office

Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two partners who will be based at the firm’s Birmingham office: Karen Featherstone and David Adams. Featherstone joins as partner from Pinsent Masons where she was a senior associate in the tax team. She has significant experience in private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and reorganisations. She will head up Shoosmiths’ tax […]

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Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy has commented on the latest projections for future UK construction industry growth. Conroy said that it is encouraging to see that confidence remains intact after other recent figures suggested the outlook was ‘perhaps a bit more muted’. He said: ‘It remains the case that infrastructure still requires a catalyst such as […]

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Top 10 stories 20 July – 27 July 2014

Mark Brandon’s forthright opinion article on the future shape of the legal market continues to have the market talking and commentators commenting. In case you missed it, Brandon’s points include his contention that US firms will eventually be dominant in London, that Vereins have had their day and that the modern obsession with process is […]

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