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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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SCL builds site for cash-strapped SPBG

THE SOCIETY for Computers and Law (SCL) has come to the aid of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG) by building it a web site . The site, launched at the SPBG’s first anniversary celebrations last month, would have cost the SPBG around #10,000 to set up and maintain. The SCL came to the SPBG’s […]

Crystal Palace challenge given go-ahead

Roger Pearson says the architectural integrity of the site of the Great Exhibition is soon to be investigated by the High Court. The plan for a massive multiplex cinema on the site of London’s old Crystal Palace – which was destroyed by fire in 1936 – is to be the subject of a major High […]

Rouse & Co launches Net trade mark service

INTELLECTUAL property specialist Rouse & Co International (RCI) has developed a global trade mark and domain name clearance and protection service on the Internet, called Geodesia. The international firm – whose London office is Willoughby & Partners – has a six-member team working on the project in Oxford, which it hopes to expand when it […]

Teleworking threat to City is piecemeal only

Is the very model of the modern City law firm about to come under threat? This time the opposition comes not from globalisation, nor the Big Five accountants, nor US firms, but from a new kind of organisation – the “virtual law firm”. This week we reveal how Anthony Rose, former company commercial head at […]

Clyde & Co goes global

INTERNATIONAL firm Clyde & Co has developed a world-wide know-how system with the help of IBM to give its lawyers access to the firm’s files via the Internet. The system – an intranet based on an IBM server and containing an extensive database – has been up and running in Clyde & Co’s London and […]

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