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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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Milbank opens in Beijing after six-month wait

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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dealt a blow to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, upholding a complaint over a full page advertisement that appeared in the national press. The advert appeared on 3 May and listed the names and companies of 250 in-house counsel, stating: “If you’d like your name kept out of the legal […]

PHSO invites tenders for first legal panel

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is creating its first-ever legal panel. The London-based regulator, which investigates more than 3,000 complaints each year about the NHS, Government departments and other public bodies, is creating the panel for general, litigation and employment advice. In-houser Anne Harding said: “We’re looking to ensure that public money is […]

Unilever ditches local counsel as part of in-house legal restructure

Unilever has overhauled its internal legal team, scrapping local general counsel in favour of a matrix reporting system for senior in-house lawyers. The Anglo-Dutch conglomerate is also set to slash its legal bills after re-evaluating the way it works with outside counsel. The changes look set to benefit firms with extensive international networks. Katrina Burchill, […]

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