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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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Combating racism in the profession

It is time for the profession to be made accountable for any racism that exists among its members, argues Raj Joshi. Raj Joshi (a barrister with the CPS) will be a participant at The Letter and Spirit of the Law, an Anglo-US conference on race gate crimes at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Saturday […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Geoff Lord

Geoff Lord was born in Cheshire in 1947. He was the senior partner at Elliott & Co’s London office which joined Kennedys in March of this year. What was your first job? Taking nuts off bolts and putting different nuts on, aged 12-13. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £5 per week […]

Defamation gatekeepers must exercise caution

Tim Watkin examines the reasoning behind, and consequences of, Peter Carter-Ruck’s decision to fight libel cases on a no win-no fee basis. When Tom Cruise stood outside the High Court last month to proclaim victory for himself and his family over Express Newspapers, it served as a reminder that defamation law is as much the […]

In brief: Turbervilles unveils Uxbridge property shop

Middlesex firm Turbervilles, with Nelson Cuff has opened a property shop at its Uxbridge offices. The estate agency, called Turbervilles Direct, is running in tandem with the firm’s existing conveyancing and financial services department.

When client confidentiality constitutes a crime

Lawyers could find themselves facing prosecution if they do not report suspicions of fraud among their clients. Keith Nuthall reports IF any professional legal malpractice could be labelled taboo, it would surely be breach of confidentiality, with all its consequences of undermining the basis of the solicitor-client relationship. But with the growth in sophisticated frauds […]

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