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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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City duo boosts Osborne Clarke's property team

Osborne Clarke has poached two commercial property specialists from City firms Cameron McKenna and Nicholson Graham & Jones. Camerons has lost partner Charles Gait from its commercial property department to Osborne Clarke, while property finance specialist Nadine Strahl has joined the firm from Nicholson Graham & Jones. An Osborne Clarke source told The Lawyer that […]

Slaughters embraces marketing

Slaughter and May is understood to be close to setting up its own marketing department. It is believed that Adrian Pane, a specialist from the Cranfield School of Management, has recently visited the firm to discuss how it could approach the area. The business development manager at a large UK practice claims she was recently […]

Middle Eastern dispute pits Freshfields against Eversheds

Freshfields is representing Bahrain and Eversheds is acting for Qatar in a dispute over the boundaries between the two Middle Eastern countries. However, the case, which is due to be heard before the World Court in the next few weeks, has been delayed by allegations of forgery of documents. Freshfields senior associate Robert Volterra, who […]

New law protects transsexuals in the workplace

Workplace discrimination against transsexuals has been outlawed in the UK for the first time, as the Government moves to catch up with European law. The Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations, which have gone through Parliament this month and come into force in May, aim to prevent discrimination against those who have had sex change operations […]

In brief: Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has announced the internal appointment of five new partners. Graham Defries and Nick Perry become partners in the firm’s communications group, Brett Israel in the banking group, and Jane Multimear and Katharine Stephens in the intellectual property group.

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