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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 Lawyer global offshore report – Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s legislature has been busy recently, introducing a myriad of changes to its indigenous legislation in order to protect and enhance its burgeoning financial centre. In 2004 Gibraltar, or the Rock, celebrated 300 years of its union with the UK. The Rock, thanks to its status as a Crown Colony, employs the English common law […]

Watson Burton signals Leeds intentions with new premises

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has signalled its commitment to its Leeds outpost by agreeing terms for new offices in the city. The firm announced it was to open in Leeds last August. The new premises in City Square, in the centre of the city, will house Watson Burton’s growing Leeds team. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle […]

The Lawyer global offshore report – Malta

The common experience of nations acceding to the EU is an avalanche of new legislation. Malta is no exception. Although preparations have been in progress for more than 10 years, at least since 1993, it was inevitable that more should have been done by 1 May 2004. Fortunately, the main legislative infrastructure was already harmonised […]

Howrey raids Linklaters for Brussels IP gap

Linklaters Brussels head of IP Carl De Meyer has defected to US firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White. De Meyer will be the US firm’s first IP partner in the Brussels office, which until now has concentrated purely on antitrust, although Howrey does already have IP expertise in London and Amsterdam. Howrey managing partner Bob […]

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