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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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