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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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Ireland’s A&L Goodbody forges links with dozen Chinese firms

Irish firm A&L Goodbody is seeking to gain a foothold in the Chinese legal market by inking agreements with 12 Chinese law firms to facilitate Sino-Ireland cross-border transactions. The agreements, which were signed yesterday in Beijing in the presence of Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, will see lawyers from the Chinese firms take part in […]

Swiss roles

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal union gives firm a presence in Zürich and Geneva Back in 2010 the talk of the Swiss legal market was the high-profile split between the Geneva and Zürich offices of local firm Pestalozzi. Pestalozzi was formed through a merger in 2001, but never fully integrated financially, and the Geneva partners wanted to focus […]

Ten firms win spots on panel serving 300 sporting bodies

Ten law firms have been picked for the inaugural legal panel serving 300 national governing bodies of sport. Last September, Sport England recognised that recreational bodies were finding it difficult to access legal services because of the cost. It joined UK Sport, Sport Wales and the Sport and Recreation Alliance to establish a joint panel […]

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Osborne Clarke repositions as European firm with local mergers

Osborne Clarke is to merge with its Spanish and Italian Alliance partners, Osborne Clarke Spain and SLA Studio Legale Associato, as it dismantles its formal European alliance with the aim of transforming into a standalone European firm. Managing partner Simon Beswick said the firm would loosen its formal alliance with Belgian-based De Wolf & Partners, […]

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Star of Africa

Fresh from a round of bank restructuring, lawyers in Nigeria are eyeing up the myriad opportunities in their increasingly middle-class country In the past few months Nigeria’s law firms have been playing host to an increasing number of international players. Global names such as Clifford Chance and Norton Rose have been spotted in Lagos, trying […]

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