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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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German moves

International lawyer Reinhard Hermes has joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s Frankfurt office as the firm’s first German partner. He has joined the firm from the Frankfurt office of US firm Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton. Hermes is admitted to the German bar and the New York bar. His practice focuses on foreign investment […]

'No person responsible for £13m SIF shortfall'

Heads will not roll following the £13m shortfall in the Solicitors Indemnity Fund because no single person can be identified as responsible, Law Society president Tony Girling has said. The SIF board met last week to hear a report on the error, which stated that the team responsible for making the projections for contributions for […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Julian Chadwick

Julian Chadwick was born on 3 January 1957. He is the managing partner of Pennington’s Newbury office. What was your first job? Greengrocer’s assistant. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £6,000 on qualification. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? A priest. Which law could you live without? […]

Verdict on barristers hits TV

“Justice is not only about evidence,” states journalist David Rose introducing a six-part series that claims to lift the lid on the legal system. The first part of The Verdict, to be screened on BBC2 on Tuesday 12 November, shows how advocates play the jury system to win cases. In it Rose talks to “star […]

Stress levels reduced after Hardwicke Buildings move

A change of venue has resulted in a change of attitude for barristers and staff at Hardwicke Building Chambers. The 70 tenants of the Lincoln’s Inn chambers moved from their cramped 6,000sq ft site to a new 17,500sq ft complex earlier this year. It was officially opened by Lord Woolf on 4 November. Chambers chief […]

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