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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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High Court dismisses $3.7m claim against Mishcon over allegations of dishonest assistance

The High Court has dismissed a $3.7m claim against Mishcon de Reya over an embezzlement scandal involving former partner Kevin Steele. Mishcon stood accused of dishonestly assisting a client who spent money meant to refinance a hotel resort in Orlando on cars and jewellery. Had the case been successful, the claimants had planned to sue Mishcon […]

No5 barrister in attends Mexican state banquet in London

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Walgreens Alliance Boots reorganises top legal line-up in wake of merger

This week newly-merged Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed former Alliance Boots legal counsel and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni as executive vice president (VP) and global chief legal and administrative officer of the combined business. Pagni was appointed group legal counsel and chief administrative officer of Alliance Boots in 2007 and promptly moved to consolidate […]

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