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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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Non-practising barristers to set up law centre 'chambers'

Chris Fogarty reports A group of non-practising barristers is poised to set up a law centre “chambers” in a bid to capitalise on the Government’s controversial legal aid reforms. Non-Practising Bar Association secretary Dr Peter Gray has written to the Bar Council outlining plans to establish a pilot law centre in Sittingbourne, Kent. Gray’s proposed […]

Better business base

BVI is enhancing its reputation as a financial centre, writes Robert Mathavious. Robert Mathavious is director of financial services with the government of the BVI. Robert Mathavious is director of financial services with the government of the BVI. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is already well known as a full-service financial centre with a reputation […]

OSS under fire over its race procedures

A SOLICITOR who won £10,000 compensation from her former firm for racial discrimination has complained to the Legal Services Ombudsman about the way the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors handled her case. Jenny Lindsay won her racial discrimination case against East Midlands firm Ironsides Ray & Vials in November 1994. But her attempts to […]

SIF coughs up over £1,000 claim after two-year tussle

THE SOLICITORS Indemnity fund (SIF) has finally paid a £1,000 claim against a criminally-convicted solicitor last week, two years after it was originally filed – and will face costs likely to be six times the original claim. The settlement follows a story in The Lawyer two weeks ago in which the solicitor acting for the […]

Remortgaging service could push solicitors out of picture

A subsidiary of banking giant Abbey National has launched a new 10-day remortgaging service that will cut the borrower’s solicitor out of the remortgaging process. The Household Mortgage Corporation (HMC) will this week go public with its Fastrak service that guarantees a remortgage within 10 working days. If the deadline is missed, the £200 fee […]

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