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Ammendments in the property taxation is benefitting the buyers

By Dominic Cole The Express has commented on the data released by trade lending body UK Finance which demonstrates that the number of first time buyers in August was the highest monthly level since June 2017. Whilst this is not a particularly long time, it may demonstrate to the Chancellor that the changes to the taxation […]

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 […]

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By Bernardine Adkins, David Lowe, Kieran Laird International law firm Gowling WLG has strengthened its international trade team with the appointment of Ursula Johnston as Director, Customs and Trade. Ursula joins from Ernst & Young, where she was the Brexit lead for their Customs and Trade (EMEIA) group. As an experienced customs and export controls […]

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has become the latest US firm to review its operations in the Middle East, closing two offices in the region. The firm has shut its doors in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the latter office opening in the second quarter of 2017. The decision follows the departure of Pillsbury’s Middle Eastern co-head […]

Dechert emerges as challenger for Quinn’s PrivatBank claim in Ukraine

Dechert is working for a number of bondholder clients in multiple disputes involving one of Ukraine’s biggest financial institutions, PrivatBank. The firm is acting on a pair of arbitration cases in the London Court of International Arbitration valued at a combined $375m with the primary client – institutional investor Madison Pacific – disputing against the […]

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Keystone profits up 40 per cent in interim financials

Dispersed firm Keystone Law has posted its interim financial results for the six months ending in July 2018, showing double-digit growth both in turnover and profits. The firm revealed 30 per cent turnover growth from £15.3m to £20m. Profit before tax, meanwhile, increased by 40.3 per cent, rising from £1.7m to £2.3m. In addition, cash […]

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VW faces £8bn damages claim from shareholders in Germany

Volkswagen (VW) is facing a new €9bn (£8.1bn) claim from roughly 4,000 shareholders in light of the company’s emissions scandal. Despite the fact that the automobile giant is a key client of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, giving a number of instructions in Germany, VW is instead instructing German firm SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschutz on the matter. The […]

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