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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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ECJ gives primacy to national court rulings

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that national court judgments that conflict with EU law should not be overturned when there is no appeal. In a case referred to the ECJ by the Austrian courts, it said that the need to respect EU legislation could be overridden by the requirements of judicial efficiency. […]

Third term for Kendall Freeman head

Laurence Harris has been re-elected as managing partner of Kendall Freeman for the third time, the firm announced on Thursday (23 March). Harris was first elected managing partner of DJ Freeman in September 2001 and then re-elected as managing partner of Kendall Freeman in April 2003. No partner stood against him in this month’s election […]

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Former Farrers partner taken to task as divorcee brings charges for negligence

A former partner of Farrer & Co is being sued by a woman, who claims the partner advised her negligently over the division of £5m of assets during a divorce. Christopher Butler, who moved from Farrers to Speechly Bircham in 2004, is accused of giving advice that resulted in the claimant, Alison Warshaw, receiving a […]

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