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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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Orrick loses fourth lawyer to Morgan Lewis in a week

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has made a further swoop on Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s US private investment funds practice to take its fourth lawyer in a week. Gary Herrmann has joined his former colleagues Louis Singer, Jedd Wider and Georgette Schaefer, who also defected to Morgan Lewis from Orrick on 6 February. Herrmann, a senior […]

Firm profile: Archon

Life in a boutique firm does not suit everyone, but for Jill Andrew and her partners it is paying dividends. Senior partner: Jill AndrewTurnover: £1.5mTotal number of fee-earners: Nine, including four partnersMain practice area: EmploymentKey clients: Cress Nicholson, Diageo, The Economist Group, high-net-worth executivesNumber of offfices: OneLocation: London Life in a boutique firm does not […]

Keeble Hawson raids rivals to expand corporate line-up

Yorkshire firm Keeble Hawson is aggressively expanding its corporate capability, having hired two partners from local rivals Eversheds and Ford & Warren. Paul Johnson, who joins from Eversheds, will oversee Keebles’ corporate and business services group in Leeds. He will be supported by Rachel Neems, former head of corporate at Leeds-based firm Ford & Warren, […]

Taylored training

The skill set needed for a successful legal career has changed over the past few years and ‘one-size-fits-all’ training no longer fits the bill, says Jonathan Croucher There are two constant themes from senior solicitors, both of which revolve around the prospects for partnership in the larger law firms. The first is to question whether […]

The voicemail of reason

Tulkinghorn regularly rages about the rudeness of certain switchboard operators or secretaries. But is it possible that those who are overpolite are even more annoying? One of his minions had cause to ring a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner the other day. After several rings, it became obvious the man was not around. He patiently […]

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