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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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In brief: Recruits on way to Boodle Hatfield office

Boodle Hatfield says it is about to announce further appointments to its new Oxford office. The firm recently announced the arrival of partner Peter Webber and says further appointments are likely as the office approaches its first anniversary next month. Webber joined Boodle Hatfield after more than 20 years as a partner at Morrell Peel […]

Law Soc makes conflicting claims over hard-sell tactics

A NOTTINGHAM firm embroiled in a names-for-cash marketing controversy says lawyers from across the country are asking for more details of a venture the Law Society may now ban. Nelsons is paying Gateshead database marketing company Legal Marketing Direct for a list of 500 accident victims who expressed an interest in taking legal action. Under […]

'Healthy' year for trainee jobs

‘TOP UK firms have reported healthy numbers of qualifying solicitors being retained after their articles this September. A survey of the country’s top 10 firms shows a strong level of retention among qualifying solicitors, indicating an increased workload and improved confidence among major practitioners. Firms contacted report that an average of only two trainees per […]

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