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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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An exercise in integration

The Düsseldorf office of Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Loëber needed some permission to vote for the merger with Freshfields. Catrin Griffiths analyses the problems that inevitably arise when two firms of very different cultures merge So Freshfields has won the prize which Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Shearman & Sterling had so assiduously courted. Yet among […]

Lathams opens in Virginia as part of high-tech boom

US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is adding an extra dimension to its national securities and enforcement practice with the appointment of a former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) director. Carmen Lawrence will join the New York Office as a partner on 1 September. Washington practice head Dixie Johnson and Lawrence will jointly […]

Don't fust the profession

The suggestion reported in The Times on 12 June that solicitors who have obtained higher courts advocacy certificates should be admitted as members of the Inns of Court should be strongly opposed. Any solicitor wishing to become a member of any of the four Inns has only to be called to the bar and surrender […]

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Superintendent Ray Mallon, the pioneer of zero tolerance policing in the UK, has learned that he will not face criminal charges after a £5m investigation into how the so-called ‘Robocop’ squad got information from the Teesside underworld. Mallon, whose drive against petty crime and anti-social behaviour has influenced Home Secretary Jack Straw’s own liberal pronouncements, […]

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