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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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Community patent gets waylaid

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Watson Burton wins one from Ward Hadaway

Watson Burton has bolstered its commercial property department with the hire of property lawyer Richard Freeman-Wallace of Ward Hadaway. Freeman-Wallace specialises in secured lending and property investment. He has acted for Northern Rock, Barclays, Bank of Scotland and Newcastle Building Society. His move is the latest in a series of senior hires.

Air control

Stephen Dolan looks at how much power the recent ECJ ruling on ‘open skies’ will give to the European Commission The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on the landmark ‘open skies’ cases on 5 November. Brought by the European Commission against member states, the cases challenged member state authority to enter into […]

Lord Hunt keeps hold of Beachcroft’s top job

Lord Hunt of the Wirral is re-elected as senior partner Beachcroft Wansbroughs has re-elected Lord Hunt of the Wirral as senior partner for a further three-year term. Lord Hunt’s next term of office in the role will run from 1 May 2003 to 30 April 2006. He has been the firm’s senior partner since 1996.

Raising finance

Julia Salt and Ben Conway give the lowdown on methods of commercial aviation funding Aviation finance is the generic term used for activities relating to the business of providing funding for participants in the commercial aviation arena. This funding can be supplied through a variety of structures, all with the aim of providing financing solutions […]

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