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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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Deutsche to ask law firms for rebates

Deutsche Bank is looking at introducing a system of rebates in a bid to slash its external legal spend The Lawyer understands that Deutsche is considering various fee structures as part of a global review of its external legal advisers, with the rebate system currently emerging as the most popular. The bank also considered the […]

Firm profile: Thring Townsend

West Country firm Thring Townsend has had an eventful few years. Since the 2000 merger the firm has moved away from its private client roots and focused on commercial work. In the process, it shut its bulk mortgage and conveyancing arm in July 2003, making 75 redundancies and cutting £2m in turnover. Managing partner : […]

Jurisdiction case reaches European Court of Justice

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision in a personal injury case on 1 March could have wide-ranging implications for commercial disputes, said one of the lawyers involved. The court was ruling on questions from the Court of Appeal from July 2002 in the case of Owusu v Jackson. Richard Plender QC of 20 Essex […]

Eversheds signs up Polish law firm for Warsaw debut

Eversheds has formed an association with former Landwell firm Wierzbowski I Wspólnicy after the Polish firm agreed a separation with PricewaterhouseCoopers. The Polish association is the first of three jurisdictions that Eversheds hopes to cover in Central and Eastern Europe. Eversheds chairman Alan Jenkins said: “Central and Eastern Europe is a region of Europe that […]

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