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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: Mundays makes up partnership duo

Surrey firm Mundays has appointed Sue Poulton and Stephen Morris as partners. Poulton has been with the firm since 1986 and specialises in domestic conveyancing. Morris joined in 1993 from Alsop Wilkinson and specialises in dispute resolution in both commercial and domestic property.

Battens revamps management in bid to rival London firms

South West firm Battens has shaken up its management structure in a bid to challenge its larger provincial and London rivals. The 26-partner firm has replaced its more traditional committee structure, overseen by a managing partner, with an executive board comprising a chairman and five directors, two of whom are non-lawyers. Ray Edwards, chairman of […]

It has been a good week for…

The legal profession in its international capacity. Overseas earning jumped by a whopping 20 per cent in the past year to reach £644m according to the Office for National Statistics. Dibb Lupton Alsop, which has clinched a £74m deal to buy Blackpool Tower, six piers, a conference centre, and several hotels, on behalf of Leisure […]

Super law that aims to make legislation work

Many employers will have been alarmed by the news that an employment tribunal has awarded £3,500 to a 20-year-old who had been in her job for less than a hour. The tribunal ruled that the reason given for Lisa Tomlin’s dismissal, her pregnancy, broke sex discrimination laws. Her employer argued that he had employed her […]

Flotation

Lawrence Graham acted for Sinclair Montrose Healthcare in its admission to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of £41.5m. Just prior to admission

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