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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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Court IT needs funding

Public funds should be made available to finance use of computerised transcript systems because of their help in slashing the cost of complex City trials. Transcript systems can reduce time taken in and out of court, according to top lawyers speaking at the recent The Lawyer conference ‘Operating a profitable litigation department’. However, Government funding […]

Richard Fox on the plaintiff's offer to settle

Richard Fox It has long been an anomaly in our High Court and County Court rules of procedure that a defendant has available the powerful tactical weapon of payment into court, yet there is no equivalent procedure available to the plaintiff. It should be possible for a plaintiff to bring pressure to bear upon the […]

Mishcons spawns major travel union

Mishcon de Reya has acted as the main UK lawyer in the creation of the world’s largest business travel agency, in a major deal between part of Paris-based Accor Group with Carlson Travel Group of the US. Mishcons acted for Wagonlit Travel, the Accor Group subsidiary involved in the ‘strategic union’ – essentially a joint […]

DAC recruits as two depart for Addleshaws

BANKING head partner Cate Wood and assistant Mike Yardley have left Davies Arnold Cooper to join rival Manchester firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham. But DAC is recruiting three lawyers from top commercial firms, who will expand the banking team to five. DAC has just been joined by Turner Kenneth Brown banking partner John Nelmes. Another […]

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