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Navigating a new reality in the client-empowered era

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 […]

Procurement and state aid update: preparing for Brexit

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 […]

Data protection: 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 – CoA

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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Tom Axford: Scottish Water

Dirty water, an ageing infrastructure and a new regulator. Scottish Water’s six-lawyer team has an uphill struggle. And all on a shoestring budget from the Scottish Executive. By Brendan Malkin There is so much happening at Scottish Water that it must be hard for even its own lawyers to keep up with it all. Debates […]

One Essex Court junior decamps to Brick Court

In a rare move between two of the bar’s commercial elite, Brick Court Chambers has picked up a new junior tenant from One Essex Court Daniel Jowell, a competition specialist of 10 years’ call, joined Brick Court last Monday (7 March). His arrival brings the number of barristers at Brick Court to 62. Jowell’s move is designed to develop […]

One Essex Court junior decamps to Brick Court

In a rare move between two of the bar’s commercial elite, Brick Court Chambers has picked up a new junior tenant from One Essex Court Daniel Jowell, a competition specialist of 10 years’ call, joined Brick Court last Monday (7 March). His arrival brings the number of barristers at Brick Court to 62. Jowell’s move is designed to develop […]

Court of Appeal sides with legal professional privilege

The Court of Appeal last week clarified the duties of solicitors in reporting money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). Lord Justices Brooke, Mance and Dyson were ruling in the case of Bowman v Fels. During the course of legal proceedings over the ownership of a house, Jennifer Bowman’s solicitors, Levine Mellins […]

Merger conflicts drive more partners from Shaw Pittman

Nine more partners are leaving Shaw Pittman following the five that left last week as the firm rapidly weeds out those conflicted by, or not enamoured with, the firm’s merger with Pillsbury Winthrop As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 March), Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is the chief beneficiary, taking a group of six partners, including […]

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