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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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If correctly marketed, the Law Society’s annual ‘Make a Will Week’ could provide many solicitors with instructions for the preparation of wills from existing clients and from new clients. While it is more difficult for the promotional week to have any impact on those few City firms which still prepare wills or on other large […]

Doctor in the set

John Malpas reports A former doctor has made the transition to the Bar to join Devereux Chambers as a tenant. Dr Dijen Basu, who has just completed his pupillage at the set, is currently doing employment, personal injury and commercial work but hopes his medical background will help him to specialise successfully in medical negligence […]

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In brief: LAB accused of 'running legal aid agenda'

The Legal Aid Board has been accused of overstepping its role and setting the pace for legal aid reform by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group. An editorial of the group’s journal Legal Aid News claims to have identified “worrying trends” suggesting the board rather than the Lord Chancellor’s Department is “running the legal aid agenda”. […]

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