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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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Ladas & Parry IP lawyer put on sex offenders’ register for bus grope

An international IP lawyer has been put on the sex offenders’ register for groping a woman on a bus. Ladas & Parry solicitor Hugh Robert Wotherspoon was given a three-year supervision order and put on a sexual behaviour programme by Judge Peter Hughes QC at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday (31 August). Wotherspoon specialised in […]

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Holman Fenwick Sydney head quits for Reed Smith’s Hong Kong spin-off

Holman Fenwick Willan’s Sydney head David Coogans is moving to Hong Kong to join Howse Williams Bowers, a firm established earlier this year by three of Reed Smith Richards Butler’s founding partners in Hong Kong. Coogans, a shipping lawyer with a focus on collision and salvage work, will join his former Richards Butler colleagues in […]

Fee thinking

Better billing is key to winning work from Aussie in-housers As this week’s cover story explains, Australia is an increasingly attractive market for international firms. But to achieve a full financial merger with an Australian firm is challenging for a plethora of reasons, not least the disparity in profitability. It will not be cheering to […]

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Herbert Smith snaps up Salans’ Moscow disputes head

Herbert Smith has hired Moscow-based disputes partner Alexei Panich from Salans to help fill the gap left by the departure of the firm’s Moscow disputes head in June. Dmitry Kurochkin, the former head of Herbert Smith’s Moscow litigation arbitration practice and employment and group head of the CEMEA (Continental Europe Middle East and Africa) litigation […]

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