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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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Relatives of some of the 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough had to sit through videotapes of the crush at the Sheffield Wednesday ground in 1989. The families were attending the opening of the trial of former chief superintendent David Duckenfield and former superintendent Bernard Murray. The pair deny the manslaughter of two representative victims, […]

The eagles have landed

Matheu Swallow looks back at the mixed fortunes of six US firms which now have a transatlantic presence Gibson Dunn & Crutcher London partner in charge: Anthony Bonnano Number of partners (UK): 8 Total fee earners (UK): 14 Other European offices: Paris Main practice areas: corporate finance, M&A, real estate, tax projects Gibson Dunn & […]

Masons builds name with industry star

Construction specialist Masons is responding to client needs by recruiting a senior industry figure into the firm. Ian Deslandes, the first ever chief executive of leading industry body the Construction Confederation, is joining as a consultant. He will provide information on developments within the construction sector and will also work on Masons’ industry focused training […]

New media guru predicts trouble for non-believers

Richard Susskind is the nearest the profession has to a new media guru. Claire Smith meets the man who says no lawyer should believe that they are immune to developments around them Richard Susskind is at the heart of some of the most crucial discussions going on at the likes of Allen & Overy Clifford […]

Bruckhaus ties Freshfields knot

Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann has voted to merge with Freshfields as it was revealed that the City giant agreed to change its lockstep structure. News of the positive second vote came through as The Lawyer went to press and Freshfields will vote tomorrow (20 June). Sources close to Bruckhaus confirmed that the profit-share issue was key […]

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