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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 […]

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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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The American Bar Association’s (ABA) commission on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will this week recommend a rule change to allow their acceptance, according to one of its members. The ABA’s rules – like those of the Law Society – do not allow lawyers to combine with other professions, such as accountants and surveyors, in one firm. […]

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Suspending passports and driving licences and giving courts access to government information are among new measures being considered as ways to enforce civil court orders. The Lord Chancellor’s Department’s second consultation paper looking at new methods of enforcement in the civil court was released last week, responding to concerns that debtors are getting away with […]

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Stephenson Harwood legal recruitment manager Alison Warner says: “A commercial law firm needs people with commercial skills.” Warner says LPCs must be practical and she supports the introduction of courses tailored to the needs of City firms. “From day one, trainees could be meeting with clients. It is likely that they will need to know […]

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