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Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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 […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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In brief: College of Law hires de Friend from Kent Uni

Richard de Friend (right), previously pro-vice chancellor of the University of Kent, has become director of the College of Law’s London branch at Store Street. Professor Paulene Collins has joined the college as professor and head of staff development and training. Collins was previously chief training officer at the Law Society. John Stanford joins as […]

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For the profession to have responded imaginatively to the challenge posed by Diana’s death, it would have needed some leadership. But the Law Society is currently in no state to step into this particular breach. Its total failure to make any attempt to co-ordinate the profession’s pro bono activities is legendary. This week The Lawyer […]

In brief: Leading trio look outside law for new directors

Three leading firms have made new management appointments. William Barnes, former head of professional practices at accountants Deloitte & Touche, will join London firm Masons as operations and business development director while Jock Birney, former corporate finance managing director at investment bank SBC Warburg, joins national firm Hammond Suddards as a non-executive director. Meanwhile, John […]

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Barrister Christopher Cousins, whose plea to an Essex magistrates court not to ban Eastenders “bad boy” Ross Kemp from driving for speeding fell on deaf ears. According to The Sun, Cousins told the court Kemp feared he could be attacked by hysterical fans if he used public transport. Boodle Hatfield, which was at the centre […]

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