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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s central management has seen its first shake-up since the election of Guy Morton as senior partner. Last week the partners were told that managing director Kirk Stephenson had resigned from the firm to pursue other career opportunities. Stephenson joined the firm in 1999 as finance director and, at one point, was seen […]

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Is it just a coincidence that a corporate finance star who goes by the name of ‘Colin Davenport’ has decided to join a Manchester firm called ‘Berg’ Legal? A strange similarity of face, a four-letter word beginning with ‘B’? How many clues do you need? “My fellow Manchesterians,” said Davenport (allegedly) on joining, “we look […]

CC bolsters Paris finance with second W&C raid

Clifford Chance has boosted its French acquisition finance offering with the hire of four assistants, including two from White & Case. The hires follow December’s hire of partner Thierry Arachtingi, who also joined from White & Case. Arachtingi and the new assistants join Clifford Chance’s Paris-based acquisition finance team led by Diane de Moüy. Senior […]

White & Case fights Extradition Act

White & Case is joining forces with the Conservative Party in an effort to overturn the extradition arrangements between the UK and the US. The arrangements have caused controversy following the threatened extradition of the ‘NatWest Three’. London litigation head Alistair Graham is in the process of working with the shadow attorney-general Dominic Grieve MP […]

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