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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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Talking Shop

With plans to open new stores and international expansion on the cards, the compact legal team at Debenhams certainly has enough to keep it occupied for the time being. Mary Murphy reports Tomorrow, 16 January, will see the release of key figures that will gauge just how many shoppers Debenhams has persuaded to part with […]

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A bunch of knotters

Wragge & Co is widely regarded as one of the main drivers behind the emergence of Birmingham’s legal community as a force to be reckoned with. Or so Quentin tells Tulkinghorn on a regular basis. But Tulkinghorn is disappointed to discover that Wragges lawyers are just like those everywhere – prone to embarrass themselves at […]

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The House of Lords’ decision in White v White on 26 October 2000 heralded a revolution in the approach to the division of assets on divorce. This will have far-reaching implications for couples, their businesses and their advisers. For the first time, equality is the yardstick for dividing assets and, in general, this will not […]

Joseph Tan goes global with three new offices

Leading Singapore shipping specialist Joseph Tan Jude Benny Anne Choo is opening three overseas offices. The move will give the 17partner firm a larger international presence than any other Singapore practice. The new offices will be in Bangkok, Dubai and Hamburg and are expected to be operational by the end of the month. The locations […]

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