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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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Barristers are usually considered to be highly committed to pro bono but, as Matheu Swallow discovers, the commercial bar has nothing to be proud about When it comes to pro bono, the bar is widely regarded as setting a fine example to the other side of the profession. However, despite its efforts, the bar still […]

Too little, to date

Pro Bono can be an excellent marketing tool – surely enough of an incentive for media hungry law firms to devote resources to unpaid projects. However, after The Lawyer’s second annual survey on pro bono, it seems that little has changed since last year. Yes, there are several firms moving in the right direction, but […]

Furnival to take on five new tenants

Furnival Chambers is developing its commercial fraud expertise with the recruitment of five new tenants, including two silks. The arrival of Stephen Leslie QC from 2-4 Tudor Street and Michel Massih QC, Kim Hollis, Fiona Henderson and Mark Summers from 2 Paper Buildings, brings the number of tenants at the set to 46. Leslie is […]

Managing the digital risk

Despite the benefits of going high-tech, there are serious risks involved, especially when filing important documents. Richard Stevens reports on what firms have to look out for. If you visit the headquarters of any large corporation, access will be restricted. Visit its corporate website and there will be barriers designed to prevent access to the […]

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“My mother always wished for one of each – a doctor and a lawyer – but she didn’t do too badly in the end.” – Deborah Sabalot, of counsel at Lovells, on her mother’s disappointment that both her children became lawyers.

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