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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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Lord Irvine has announced that proposals for a Community Legal Service will be finalised by the beginning of next year. The service is intended to co-ordinate provision given by grass-roots advice services such as Law Centres and the Citizens Advice Bureaux. The final detailed proposals will be the subject of a public consultation.

Weaving trade from the Web

Linda Tsang reports on how the legal profession is utilising Internet technology to maximise its client base. Setting up a Web site is more than just naming it lawyers.r.us@some.city.uk and then waiting for millions of visits or hits. The first question to consider is why your firm or chambers should invest resources in going onto […]

Judgment for the juniors

Despite a dearth of good juniors there are a number who stand up to scrutiny, says Linda Tsang Juniors for chancery work are inevitably centred in the traditional chancery sets as well as the straight commercial sets which are known for doing what may be called the crossover work. But as one solicitor said: “To […]

ADR at the Chancery Bar

Paul Lowenstein believes that mediation can offer both a time and cost-cutting alternative to litigation. Paul Lowenstein is a barrister at Littleton Chambers and a CEDR accredited mediator. In a profession which is cautious at the best of times, the Chancery Bar has perhaps been the most innately reluctant to embrace new ideas. It is […]

Fountain court bags top QC in recruitment drive

THE PREMIER commercial set Fountain Court has departed from its policy of nurturing its own talent to hire five tenants from three rival sets including leading aviation silk Michael Crane of 5 Bell Yard. Crane’s decision to move to Fountain Court to bolster its aviation practice along with junior Akhil Shah stunned his old chambers, […]

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