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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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Judges avoid charity work

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European Court breaks through language barrier

Travelling citizens of the European Union must be able to use their own language in the court of the region they are visiting if that right is also enjoyed by residents of the area, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. Its judges were asked to consider the cases of an Austrian lorry driver […]

Apil warns of 'chaos' in insurance

Insurance companies should improve their readiness for the Woolf reforms or risk “chaos” and a return to “trench warfare” between the insurance industry and personal injury lawyers, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) is warning. But insurers say they are baffled by the remarks, insisting they are fighting alongside everyone else to meet Woolf’s […]

In brief: The International Bar Association

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute has achieved further success by successfully negotiating the release of Iranian legal scholar Hojatoleslam Sayyid Mohssen Saeidzadeh. He had been detained without charge and denied access to counsel since June 1998. He was imprisoned because of an article he had written arguing for a progressive view of Islam […]

Swapping law for crocodiles

A trainee solicitor-cum-Crocodile Dundee adventurer has given new hope to those wanting to opt out of the law. Twenty four-year-old Abigail Wilkinson of Solihull gave up her traineeship at a Birmingham firm where she aimed to specialise in EU law, because she found it “boring”. Wilkinson then went backpacking in the Australian outback, fell overboard […]

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