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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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AA deal taxes Herbert Smith and Linklaters

Linklaters and Herbert Smith are in the throes of finalising energy giant Centrica’s u1.1bn acquisition of the Automobile Association. Linklaters set up a team of more than 20 lawyers to advise Centrica, led by corporate partner Derek McMenamin in May, which meant the firm had a limited amount of time to prepare on Centrica’s behalf. […]

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Freshfields is acting for Financial Security Assurance in the establishment of a eurobond issuance programme of up to £1bn for the financing of public private partnership and public sector -related projects. Rotch Property Group is sponsoring and promoting the programme, which has been arranged by UK investment bank Schroders. Project finance partner Nick Bliss, with […]

Tenant seeks landlord ruling

Tenant Cadogan Properties is seeking a declaration that landlord Mount Eden Properties of Guernsey has unreasonably withheld consent to sub-let the property. Both came under judicial fire in a skirmish which reached the Court of Appeal. Mount Eden appealed against the refusal of the High Court to strike out Cadogan’s action on the basis that […]

World Bank legal dept faces corporate claim

The World Bank is facing its first-ever corporate claim over allegations that its legal department failed to carry out its functions properly. The Bank is accused of assisting in the expropriation of diamond mining rights by the government of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. Several Lesotho companies, led by Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty), […]

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