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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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Wilde Sapte hit by Paris defections and NY disclosure

Wilde Sapte has shut its New York office and lost at least half its Paris fee earners in a shattering blow to the firm’s international ambitions. If the Paris office shuts it will leave the firm with only one European beachhead in Brussels and outposts in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Senior asset finance associate Matthieu […]

ABA task force proposes “pay to play' practice ban

A divided American Bar Association (ABA) task force has proposed that lawyers who make campaign contributions to government officials be banned for two years from advising them. The radical proposal is one of a series of measures proposed by the task force to combat the practice of “pay to play”, where lawyers allegedly secure government […]

Hill Dickinson partner quits for rival after alleged clash

A “personality clash” has led to a property partner at Hill Dickinson, a leading north west firm, defecting to Manchester rising star Wacks Caller. Anne Dobie is leaving Hill Dickinson after 15 years, after an alleged clash with her head of department Elizabeth Mackay and senior partner Paul Walton. One insider at Hill Dickinson said: […]

Quotes of the week

“In our judgement, the summing up in this case was such as to deny the appellant that fair trial which is the birthright of every British citizen.” – The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, on his predecessor, Lord Goddard’s handling of the trial of Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig. “I felt at Hill Dickinson that […]

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