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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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Winston & Strawn tipped to merge with Whitman Breed

Chicago’s Winston & Strawn and New York firm Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan are in advanced merger talks, The Lawyer can reveal. The merger would create an 850-plus lawyer firm and increase Winston Strawn’s New York presence from about 145 lawyers to over 250. The news will raise eyebrows in the US because the merger […]

CC & Cameron McKenna create revolutionary deal

The securitisation is a twist on traditional sale and leaseback deals carried out by the likes of House of Fraser or Tesco. Sainsbury’s keeps control of the 16 properties and cuts its tax bill. Other retailers are likely to follow suit as commercial pressures force them to make the most of their fixed assets. CMS […]

Sinfield voted out by partners

Davies Arnold Cooper’s managing director has been voted out in favour of the firm’s highly-rated head of construction and engineering. Daniel Gowan is taking over from Nick Sinfield, who held the post as managing director for one year, and DAC executive partner for two years. The title of the top role will switch from managing […]

Salans swoops to recruit US telecoms man

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn’s Warsaw office has recruited a telecoms partner from US firm Hogan & Hartson. Krzystof Stefanowicz specialises in telecoms and information technology law as well as general corporate work. He joins the international firm’s high-tech practice in Poland. Stefanowicz says he joined the firm after seven years at Hogans because he was […]

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