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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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Head of legal at the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) Sally Barrett-Williams has unexpectedly quit her post after less than a year. Barrett-Williams had plans for ORR involving the development and recruitment of the legal team. She explained in an interview with The Lawyer (18 June) that she also wanted to expand the organisation’s […]

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There was a time that the Serious Fraud Office was getting a lot of stick. Now it’s the one giving it. Fenella Quinn reports on the organisation that fraudsters finally fear The recent collapse of Independent Insurance, leading to unquantifiable losses, no doubt will have put a smile on the nation’s top fraudbusters’ lips. After […]

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Fair play, honesty and integrity – the key ingredients of any good lawyer. Or so Tulkinghorn thought until he attended the Law Society Commerce and Industry (C&I) Group’s summer ball at the Hanover Hotel in sunny Warrington. Well, it would combine an important evening of networking with a lovely little treat for Mrs Tulkinghorn.As it […]

Nabarros partner joins Govt taskforce

A Nabarro Nathanson public sector partner has played a key role on a Government taskforce, which last week issued its report on procurement skills within local government. Helen Randall was the only lawyer invited to join the taskforce, which was chaired by Sir Ian Byatt. The 10-strong body was drawn from the public and private […]

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