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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: Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is being instructed by the Czech government on the sale of Czech bank CSOB. Two further bank sales will follow in the next year. The Czech telecommunications sector is to be privatised, with three consortia making bids. US firms White & Case and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have been appointed to advise […]

Law Society gets more power

The Government has finally granted the Law Society the extra powers it needs to investigate unscrupulous lawyers more effectively.Minister of State at the Lord Chancellor’s Department Geoff Hoon revealed the concession as the Access to Justice Bill went through its second reading in the Commons.After outlining a number of amendments which the Government plans for […]

In brief: Insurance and plaintiff lawyers

Insurance and plaintiff lawyers are struggling to agree on a joint experts list, as firms try to keep the names of their experts secret from each other. The Forum of Insurance Lawyers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers meet on Tuesday, in an attempt to thrash out a joint national list.

Freshfields and Slaughters in £18bn tie

Freshfields and Slaughter and May advised on the £18bn merger of retail giants Kingfisher and Asda.The deal will create the biggest shopping group in the UK and the 10th biggest in the world.Freshfields corporate partner Edward Braham led a 10-strong team including partners Nick Spearing (competition), Roger Berner (tax), and Simon Evans and Jocelyn Mitchell […]

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