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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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Veale Wasbrough scoops place on the Treasury Solicitor's commercial panel

Bristol-based Veale Wasbrough has been appointed to the Treasury Solicitor’s new commercial panel, established to provide commercial advice to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department The firm will be advising on six of the nine work areas for which the panel has been appointed – PFI/ projects, employment and pensions, corporate and finance, IT, planning and competition. […]

Baroness coughs up to Thyssen – finally

Wilberforce Chambers silk Robert Ham QC has settled his dispute with the wife of well-known industrialist Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, over non-payment of £500,000 in fees. Baroness Carmen Fernandez has now paid Ham in full for his role in the infamous Thyssen litigation. Fernandez had originally agreed to pay Ham all his fees within seven […]

Hair today…

A dear friend of mine, while holidaying in Cuba, refrained from shaving for some four weeks in respect of the revolutionary hero Che Guevara. He even turned Communist, albeit for a mere eight weeks. Anthony Scrivener QC, who certainly has revolutionary blood, having once formed a rebel group called The Slate which was committed to […]

ING to force City banking firms to earn their keep

ING, the largest financial services group in the Netherlands, is setting up its first global banking panel in an attempt to cut costs. The panel will be for the investment and wholesale banking divisions of ING’s £38bn organisation.The financial giant, which last week cut 1,000 jobs, will give a handful of international firms the bulk […]

Offices spring up as firms catch Bristol property bug

Not content to advise clients that are active in the booming Bristol property scene, several of the city’s law firms have decided to get a piece of the action themselves Earlier this month, Osborne Clarke bagged £9m gross profit by building its own new offices at Temple Back East and then promptly entering into a […]

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