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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 […]

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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Lister & ors v Hesley Hall, HL, LTL 3/5/2001`The House of Lords held the employer of a teacher, who had sexually abused children in his charge, vicariously liable for the abuse. In reaching this conclusion their Lordships overruled ST v North Yorkshire County Council (1998). In ST the central issue for the Court of Appeal […]

Norske Skogg

Norske Skog is a long-term client of White & Case and has strong links with the Brussels office. The firm did have to pitch for the work but it was no surprise when it won. `The speed of the transaction was unusual. Although the structure of the deal was complicated because there were six mills […]

UPM-Kymmene buys German-based paper producer G Haindl'sche Papierfabriken

UPM-Kymmene buys German-based paper producer G Haindl’sche Papierfabriken for euro3.85bn and sells two of Haindl’s mills to Norske Skog for euro1.1bn. Haindl advised by Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch (Gerhard Wegen). UM-Kymmene advised by Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz (Julius Budde). Norske Skog advised by White & Case (Andreas Stilcken).

Paradise island?

we all know that the English bar is respected throughout the world and its leading practitioners appear in courts from Hong Kong to Tonga. But Tulkinghorn was still somewhat bemused to hear that leading European practitioner David Vaughan QC and fellow Brick Court Chambers tenant Fergus Randolph were recently out in the Falkland Islands.`Yes, there […]

Olswang chosen to rescue embattled dotcom Sportal

Troubled dotcom Sportal is using Olswang to negotiate the funds it needs to survive.`The firm has taken Sportal through every stage of the business, from its incorporation in 1998 to its recent second round of funding.`Sportal’s head of legal Jonathan West said: “We’re delighted with Olswang’s loyalty to us, the firm has proved itself a […]

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