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Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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 […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, is the biggest night of the legal year. The top prizes went to RPC, No5 Chambers, Jones Day, PayPal and Royal Mail among others. To find out more about the winners, read below. RPC triumphs as Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards In-house interview: Yum! Brands […]

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It’s nearly a year since Barclays named the former general counsel of Pittsburgh-headquartered PNC Financial Services Group, Bob Hoyt, as general counsel and there is plenty of change in the air. Hoyt has reorganised the legal team, resulting in the creation of a global financial crime team headed by former litigation and investigations director Jonathan […]

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The increasingly fragmented legal market is shaping the office of the future In which ways are the new offices law firms are moving into meeting the challenge of a disaggregated legal offering? Karl Warmbold, facilities director, DWF: Property, people and IT tend to be the most significant costs incurred by law firms. Now more than […]

Tenancy numbers take a tumble

While some areas of the civil bar are thriving, there is little doubt that others are fighting for survival. Nowhere is this more obvious than at the junior end of the profession. It is essential then to get a clear picture of what is going on. How many wannabe advocates are joining the barrister ranks? […]

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