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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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DLA rolls into Germany with Görg link-up

National law firm DLA is expanding its international network, giving it a presence in Germany for the first time. Cologne-based firm Görg will join DLA & Partners (D&P) on 1 March. Görg, which had a relationship with UK firm Eversheds until the beginning of last year, is a full-service firm. However, despite offering M&A, banking, […]

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While Intelek might be a relatively new client for DLA, corporate partner Chris Rawstron knows the aerospace electronics group of old, since he acted for it for years in his previous role as a pre-merger Edge Ellison lawyer. While the purchase of Paradise Datacom was based in the UK, a stake in a US subsidiary […]

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McClure Naismith is a mid-range, well-known Scottish corporate commercial firm. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it has revealed an ambitious business plan to increase fee income by 50 per cent and double the number of staff by 2004. Having recently conducted extensive client research, the firm has modified its corporate logo – clients told […]

UBE in-house lawyer leaves to join Carlton

United Broadcasting & Entertainment’s (UBE) general counsel is quitting to join Carlton. Stephen Rudoff, who is also head of legal, business affairs and compliance, joined UBE six years ago from London Weekend Television, but will move to Carlton to focus solely on compliance. Unlike UBE, Carlton does not have a centralised in-house department. The function […]

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