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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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Cripps takes CPS property legal tender

Cripps Harries Hall has beaten seven firms to a Crown Prosecution Service tender. The south-east firm will now exclusively provide legal services to the CPS’ property portfolio throughout England and Wales for the next three years, with an option for the CPS to extend until 31 August 2004. Head of commercial property Michael Stevens says […]

Firms queue for Tube privatisation contract

A troop of firms are lining up in a race to secure the contract for the partial privatisation of London Underground. Six short-listed bidders are pitching for the billion-pound contracts to maintain and improve the Tube. The work is split into three contracts: the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines; the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines; […]

City firms call time at the bar?

Last week The Lawyer reported that Hammond Suddards had become the latest firm to develop a specialist advocacy unit. This new nationwide project, set in motion by the poaching of a barrister from commercial set Chancery House chambers in Leeds, suggests the leading law firms are on an inexorable roll toward devouring the bar lock […]

Insurance claim for Lords

A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding […]

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