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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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Jerry Walter, head of corporate at Simmons & Simmons, acted for the club of which he is a member – the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) – when it ended a 211-year-old tradition on 28 September and voted to admit women to the club. A special general meeting was held at Lord’s cricket ground, which recorded […]

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Beachcroft Stanleys is one of a number of law firms to win new work after attending Legal Monte Carlo ’98 last week. The leading insurance firm was appointed to healthcare provider Bupa’s panel after a one to one meeting at the conference. Beachcrofts senior partner, Lord Hunt of Wirral, said he was pleased with the […]

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I fully endorse Susan Ward’s viewpoint (The Lawyer, 29 September) on the outdated practices of the legal profession – and the Bar in particular. One restrictive practice is the requirement for barristers to undertake a pupillage before being allowed to exercise rights of audience. Fewer than half of those called to the Bar are able […]

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