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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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Hamlins wins SFLA lawyer for family push

Hamlins has appointed former chairman of the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) Rosemary Carter (left) to head the firm’s family law department Carter was chairman of the SFLA from 1999-2001, and will remain a member of the association’s national committee. The move reflects the firm’s ambition to further build its family practice.

Ombudsman slates OSS for lack of client care

The Law Society and the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) have again been attacked by the Office of the Legal Services Ombuds-man (OLSO) But Ombuds-man Ann Abraham said the fundamental cause of the problem was a lack of service by solicitors to their clients.Abraham said: “There’s been a lot of promises and a […]

Halliwells appoints new corporate chief

Halliwell Landau has appointed corporate and banking partner John Whatnall as its new head of corporate Whatnall replaces Mark Halliwell, who has decided to return to fee-earning and client development after two years as the department head.

ASA clamps down on Taylor & Emmet advert

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint about Sheffield-based personal injury firm Taylor & Emmet The advertisement, which appeared in the local press, encouraged parents to bring claims on behalf of their children following accidents. The final line of the advertisement read: “So next time your child comes in crying, just think, could […]

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