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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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Linklaters & Paines advised Banque Paribas and Caisse des Depots et Consignations, the lead managers, on an issue by the European Investment Bank of one billion Euro bonds due in 2004. It is the world’s first Euro denominated bond issue. It will be payable in ECU until the third stage of monetary union (1999) when […]

Big Six take graduates with Law Soc blessing

The Big Six accountancy firms are beginning to actively recruit young graduate lawyers in anticipation of a regulation change that will allow multi-disciplinary partnerships. Trainee Solicitors Group education officer Nikki Pope said there was no statistical information yet available, but strong anecdotal evidence suggested some of the brightest students were being lured to accountancy firms. […]

Will the media circus make a clown of justice?

When lawyers representing murder suspect Tracie Andrews wanted to find new witnesses for their case they called a press conference. Although unusual, the move is part of a noticeable trend. Instead of remaining aloof from the media frenzy surrounding high-profile trials, defence solicitors nowadays join the fray. Mark Stephens, of Stephens Innocent, is well-known for […]

Freshfields associate quits for SJ Berwin in Brussels

A PARIS lawyer has lodged a complaint with the European Commission against the UK and Guernsey over her treatment at the hands of a Guernsey magistrates’ court. Monique Fauchon claims she was wrongfully refused permission to address Guernsey Magistrates’ Court last summer when she was representing a French fisherman who was fined £10,000 for illegally […]

When the glitter fades

The pending Chancery Division battle between Johnny Rossall, one-time member of Gary Glitter’s original Glitter Band, and his former colleagues who still run the group, ended in the High Court. Rossall appeared before Mr Justice Jacob on 6 February 1997 and, after admitting he had breached a 1984 ban on him using the word ‘glitter’ […]

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