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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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Mayer Brown targets competition with Dentons hire

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is ramping up its London-based EU and competition practice after poaching partner Gillian Sproul from Denton Wilde Sapte. The hire doubles Mayer Brown’s competition group in London, led by former Watson Farley & Williams partner, Frances Murphy. “We are aggressively expanding our group to meet the level of client activity […]

Conflicts prompt Carey duo to create boutique

Two former partners of Guernsey firm Carey Olsen have taken the unusual step of launching their own specialist litigation and employment boutique in a bid to avoid the conflicts that plagued them while at the offshore giant. Litigation specialist Alison Ozanne and employment expert Louise Hall left Carey Olsen late last year and have now launched AO […]

Simmons gives green light to international executive plan

The Simmons & Simmons partnership has given new managing partner Mark Dawkins carte blanche to shake up its management. The partnership approved Dawkins’ plans, which were first revealed by The Lawyer (24 January), to set up an international executive to replace Simmons’ current London-based executive committee. The proposal, which was put forward at the firm’s […]

UK Reits get one step closer after Govt paper

Real estate lawyers have welcomed last week’s dual developments on upward-only rent reviews and Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits). The issue last Wednesday (16 March) of the Government’s discussion paper on Reits brought the UK a step closer to their introduction following a protracted hiatus. The Government emphasised that the creation of Reits will not result in […]

Willkie team feels blow of Heymann departure

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is reeling after the loss of its Frankfurt managing partner, who has quit the US firm to launch his own practice. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (17 March), outsourcing and private equity star Thomas Heymann is taking European counsel Jens Ekkenga and Lars Lendorf, and a number of associates. There is […]

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