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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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Will some things never change?

The profession is modernising fast. Often reluctantly, sometimes resignedly, management, conditions, practices and reward structures are being dragged into the 21st Century. But there are still pockets of esoteric legal rituals and practices that stubbornly refuse to change. Even in the ultra-modern, high-tech business world of the City law firm some things are still done […]

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It is time for the annual round of partner promotions, when ambitious assistants await their fate. Sean Farrell goes behind the scenes at some of the City’s top firms and finds out what’s required to be among the chosen few. It is that time of year again, when a smattering of assistants, who have toiled […]

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Jonathan Hirst QC, chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, said in a letter (The Lawyer, 20 March,) that “the profession has always taken the wellbeing of its pupils seriously”. Has it? Or has the profession always put the wellbeing of barristers in independent practice before those seeking pupillage and tenancy. Examine the […]

Will fair pay give a fair criminal trial?

As prosecutors look forward to more pay, John Cooper says they already have too much power. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Square. So prosecutors are going to be paid the same as defence barristers. Whether this means defence barristers are to take a pay cut to get down to the level […]

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