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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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Stephen Foster is a banking partner at CMS Cameron McKenna. The consultation period for the joint DTI/HM Treasury Review Group on Company Rescue and Business Reconstruction Mechanisms, which wishes to lend greater support to a culture of enterprise and thus improve the legal and commercial infrastructure in the UK, ended earlier this month. The Government […]

Nabarros boosts employment with top Morgan Cole partner

Nabarro Nathanson has bolstered its London employment practice with the hire of Morgan Cole’s highly-rated head of employment. The firm has also appointed a new head of commercial litigation in Sheffield, taken from DLA. Sue Ashtiany will take on the new role of London employment head. Until now the London practice has been managed on […]

Ashursts property team bags British Waterways PPP work

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s real estate team has been appointed to advise British Waterways on its major property public-private partnership scheme following a beauty parade in December. British Waterways, the public corporation responsible for the UK’s 2,000-mile waterway network, has invited interested parties to join a joint venture project aimed at establishing the organisation as a […]

Lubricating the joints

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