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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 […]

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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Chancery Lane IT kit deal imminent

Alison Laferia reports THE LAW Society is on the verge of signing a deal with a leading computer company for the installation of its new IT package for small firms. The systems integration house, which the Law Society is not naming until the deal is finalised, will take charge of installing the society’s High Street […]

In brief: Paisners' pensions victory sets precedent

Pensions Ombudsman Julian Farrand, advised by Paisner & Co, won in the High Court when conglomerate Hillsdown Holdings was ordered to pay back £18.4 million unlawfully taken from one of its pension schemes. Hillsdown had appealed against a similar ruling by Farrand last year, which the company attempted to overturn in court. David Parkin, head […]

Bakers picks up Detroit practice's Polish office

Baker & McKenzie has taken over the Polish office and seven lawyers, including two partners, of Detroit firm Dickinson Wright Moon Van Dusen & Freeman. Two further lawyers have gone to Clifford Chance’s Polish office. Lawyers at the Dickinson office were believed to have been unhappy at the lack of support from their head office. […]

Lambeth advertises legal work

Helen Sage reports Law firms have been invited to tender for work after Lambeth’s radical voluntary privatisation initiative was passed by councillors earlier this month. The legal department has sent out a mail shot advertising 85 per cent of its work to all the law firms it has dealt with in the past. In the […]

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