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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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Lovells scoops $8bn SABMiller merger

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FSA boosts enforcement team with new lawyers

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is to recruit two or three in-house lawyers in a bid to develop a separate legal capability to assist its enforcement regime. The creation of the new legal function, which will service the Regulatory Decisions Committee (RDC), has been proposed as part of a raft of reforms unveiled by the […]

Simmons sees Telefónica through purchase of China Netcom Group

Simmons & Simmons has closed its first deal for Telefónica as the acquisitive Spanish telecoms operator made its first steps into China. The firm won a competitive tender against a number of City and US firms to advise Telefónica on the acquisition of a e240m (£135.6m) equity stake in Hong Kong-based China Netcom Group. The […]

Hogan forks out £5m on London office refit

US law firm Hogan & Hartson is spending almost £5m on the refit of its new expanded London premises, which have the capacity for the firm to double in size. The firm has hired architects Christian Garnett Partners to conduct the design and the fitting out of its new 40,000sq ft offices in Juxon House […]

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