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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 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 […]

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The reasonableness of restrictive covenants

Restrictive covenants continue to provide significant concern, difficulty and delay for developers. In the recent case of 89 Holland Park (Management) Ltd and others v Hicks (Holland Park), the court was asked to consider the enforceability and extent of two restrictive covenants preventing specific activities in respect of development. Holland Park concerned two adjoining plots of […]

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April 2014 will see a raft of new employment legislation hitting the statute books — in preparation for the changes, here is a quick overview of what’s in store. Discrimination questionnaires are to be abolished. This is welcome news as the questionnaires are notoriously laborious, time-consuming and costly to complete. Mandatory ACAS early conciliation (EC) will […]

Ogier BVI acts for Infinity Cross Border Acquisition on merger with Glori Energy

Ogier in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has advised NASDAQ-listed special-purpose acquisition company Infinity Cross Border Acquisition Corporation on the BVI legal aspects of its proposed business combination transaction with Glori Energy, an oil technology company that deploys its proprietary AERO system to significantly increase oil production from mature oil fields. Following completion of the transaction, which values Glori at […]

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Neil Hudgell takes on £1m of PI work

Acquisitive personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors has bought the personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence practices of two regional firms in separate deals valued at £1m. Hull headquartered Neil Hudgell Solicitors launched a website offering rival professionals a way to sell legal practices and cases in 2011.  The firm has completed 23 deals totalling […]

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