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Must article 2 inquiries seek to identify those responsible for the death?

In February 1989 Patrick Finucane, an Irish Catholic lawyer, was eating dinner with his wife and children when gunmen forced their way into his home and shot him 14 times. Thirty years later this murder remains one of the most notorious events of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’. An inquest the following year examined only the […]

Assessing lender risk in fund finance markets (GLI Chapters)

Lawyers from Jersey and the Cayman Islands have contributed to Global Legal Insight’s 2019 guide to assessing lender risk in fund finance markets. A zero-risk product? Despite being a relatively long-standing lending product, until very recently there had been no public payment defaults by funds in the fund finance space, and consequently, no test cases […]

The future of conveyancing – A new digital age?

By Christina Gill In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalised, it is likely that within the next few years we will see huge technological shifts in the way conveyancing is conducted. This could mean the whole process of purchasing a home, including completion of all necessary documentation, moving online. But, what does this mean from […]

Regulator 2019 annual funding statement for DB schemes

By Jo Ratcliffe, Ruth Bamforth, Craig Looker On 5 March 2019 the Pensions Regulator (Regulator) published its annual defined benefit (DB) pension scheme funding statement.  The statement trails the Regulator’s approach to scheme funding which is expected to be set out in the new draft funding code due in 2019. This Insight looks at the Regulator’s 2019 statement and […]

Defence & Security procurement 2019

By Ana Marta Castro Legal framework 1. What statutes or regulations govern procurement of defence and security articles? The basic procurement rules for defence and security contracts are set forth by the Public Procurement Law in the Fields of Defence and Security (PPDS), approved by Decree-Law 104/2011 of 6 October 2011, which implemented the EU […]

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Caroline Rawes, head of HR, Linklaters Lawyers are in demand. The recent round of pay increases is indicative of the increasing competition to attract and retain the best of them. But the job of a lawyer is, in return, a demanding one. Lawyers working in private practice in the City, and particularly in international law […]

Bar appoints new complaints commissioner

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed senior civil servant Robert Behrens as the new Bar Complaints Commissioner. Behrens, previously secretary to the committee on Standards in Public Life, succeeds Michael Scott in the role and takes up his post on 1 June. The complaints commissioner reviews the system for handling complaints against barristers as […]

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Kirkland & Ellis is hoping to launch an office in Hong Kong within a year, although the ambitious plans are still subject to regulatory approval. London-based private equity partner David Eich is expected to relocate to Hong Kong to head up the new office. He told The Lawyer that the Chicago-based firm had not yet […]

Sullivan scores deal hat trick

Sullivan & Cromwell has won a trio of multibillion-dollar deals on consecutive days in the first week of May. The three mega-transactions were headed by the firm’s role advising Wachovia on its $25.5bn (£13.55bn) acquisition of Golden West Financial, a deal led by partner Rodgin Cohen. Although smaller, the deals for Goldman Sachs and Lazard […]

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