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To thrive in the new era of the empowered client, law firms must make investments designed to modernise the way they run their firms and service their clients. This requires changing culture, developing new competencies, and operationalising new ways of working. Innovative technologies are key enablers to accelerating rms’ transformations in these areas. New research […]

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By David Kilduff, Richard Auton or Richard Butterworth On 13 September 2018, the UK government published further guidance on the future of public procurement in the UK in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. What next for UK public procurement? Under current rules, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement […]

Third party redevelopment – Landlord may oppose tenant’s lease renewal

By Matthew Lonergan, Lucy Shepherd A recent case has confirmed that a landlord was entitled to oppose its tenant’s lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 where redevelopment of the site was to be undertaken by a third party. Background The case of Santander UK PLC v LPS Estates Ltd concerned the security of […]

Sunset of £500K, dawn of GDPR enforcement and horizon of Brexit

By JP Buckley In just a short space of time, the ever-evolving world of data protection and cyber has seen yet more change: 1. Potentially one of the last enforcement actions under the Data Protection Act 1998 against Equifax – and a maximum £500,000 fine for them for failing to secure UK citizens’ personal data against […]

Officer of judgment debtor can be committed for failure to provide information under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

Deutsche Bank AG v Mr Alexander Vik [2018] EWCA Civ 2011 This judgment is the latest instalment in the long-running litigation between Deutsche Bank (“DB”) and the Monaco-based billionaire, Alexander Vik. In 2008, Mr Vik’s personal investment vehicle, Sebastian Holdings, Inc. (“SHI”), incurred huge debts to DB after it made a series of heavily loss […]

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Facing a barrage of swingeing spending cuts, local government lawyers are adamant they will emerge stronger than ever The role of the UK’s public sector lawyer is about to change. Instead of bemoaning further cuts in spending – the deepest faced by British public services in more than 60 years – local authority legal teams […]

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Commercial court costs budgeting to be raised to £10m

The £2m cost budgeting threshold for commercial cases in the UK courts has been raised to £10m, bringing a raft of civil cases under stricter budgeting measures. Following the year-long review of civil litigation costs by Lord Justice Jackson in 2010 a budgeting regime was introduced for cases valued under £2m across the Chancery, Mercantile […]

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Trowers makes up smallest partner round in four years

Trowers & Hamlins has made its smallest promotions round in four years, making up four partners, down from seven the year before. It is a marked decrease on a high of 11 in 2012, when seven London partners were made up as well as one in the Middle East and Manchester (27 March 2012). The firm […]

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High Court upholds Withers prof neg claim, appeal planned

Withers is set to launch an appeal after being ordered to pay £1.6m in damages by the High Court. Mr Justice Nugee upheld one of four professional negligence claims against the firm, holding that an associate was ruled to have “misremembered what he had been instructed” or “misunderstood an instruction” when drafting an LLP agreement. […]

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