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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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In brief: Crown Court may be able to fine tardy lawyers

Lawyers who cause unnecessary delay to crown court trials could be fined under proposals being considered by the Government to speed up justice. The plans also include a possible £50m IT programme to put computer terminals into every crown court including on the judge’s bench and in front of the jury.

Building society goes to Lords

The West Bromwich Building Society has been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords in a key battle over home income plans. The Court of Appeal ruling in February, which is under challenge, centres on a long-running dispute over home income plans, promoted in the 1980s, and the liability of solicitors who carried […]

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If insurance companies are happy to offer extended coverage, why not for the first £1m in coverage currently offered by SIF? A left-wing wit once observed that the reason Margaret Thatcher won so many elections was because “at least you always knew where you were with her”. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s (SIF) survival beyond the […]

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Stephenson Harwood has recruited a senior assistant from Garrigues Andersen and plans to take on three more lawyers later this year to expand its eight-lawyer Madrid office. Commercial property specialist Fernando Rodr’guez Mar’n will join as a partner to head the firm’s property practice. Kenneth Bonavia, managing partner of the office, said that he planned […]

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