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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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IBA makes worldwide on-line connection

The International Bar Association has linked up with Lexis Counsel Connect as the provider of international on-line services to its 16,000 individual members worldwide. IBA members in 173 countries will be able to use LCC’s range of services, including email and access to legal databases, through their PCs. The association’s Simon Bolding says the main […]

Finers saves soldiers from Brunei death sentence

A LONDON firm of solicitors has helped secure the freedom of three soldiers who were sentenced to death in Brunei for allegedly exchanging guns for cough mixture. Finers partner Richard Curtin handled the successful appeal of three members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The men had been sentenced to hang for illegally possessing firearms […]

Aviation expert flies to Paris

EX-WATSON Farley & Williams partner Deborah Clark has been appointed as a partner in the Paris office of Norton Rose. Clark, an aviation specialist, came over as a lateral hire at the end of March and was among six solicitors made up to partnership earlier this month. A former barrister she practised as a criminal […]

Hunt's legal bills queried

LAWYERS for the Quantock stag hunt are demanding payment for a barrister’s hunting trip as part of their £250,000 claim for costs against Somerset County Council. Sir Robert Carnwath QC, now a judge, made the outing with the Devon and Cornwall hunt in preparation to challenge Somerset’s attempt to ban the Quantock (pictured above). The […]

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