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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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The fat cat case for pro bono work

Rufus D’Cruz and Tom Coghlin argue that pro bono can no longer be seen as the preserve of the left wing of the profession. Few members of the public are aware that lawyers perform unpaid work. The irony is that pro bono work is as old as our unpopularity with the public. The idea of […]

Minority lawyers losing out in legal aid reforms

Only one out of the 220 ethnic minority solicitors who attended a crisis meeting on legal aid reforms last week had a legal aid franchise. The meeting was called by Law Society council member Maria Fernandes, who wants the Government to give black and asian lawyers more time to apply for a franchise.

Eye Witness exhibition

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To celebrate the event photo-agency Camera Press, in association with City firm Herbert Smith, is holding a exhibition of photos at the Tom Blau Gallery in Butlers Wharf from 19 November to 11 December. The images highlight the need to protect basic […]

In brief: Macfarlane elected corporate head at Ashursts

David Macfarlane has been elected head of Ashurst Morris Crisp’s corporate department, while Adrian Knight has stepped into Macfarlane’s old job as head of corporate finance. Macfarlane succeeds Geoffrey Green, who becomes senior partner on 1 December. Chris Ashworth has been appointed head of mergers and acquisitions.

Government must reassure public over conditional fees

Marlene Winfield says conditional fee agreements must be seen to work, and only the Lord Chancellor can inspire public confidence. Rumours abound about whether the Government will actually go ahead with plans to take legal aid away from personal injury cases. If it does, it will be on the basis that no win-no fee agreements […]

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