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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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Medical negligence

In the letter you recently published from Mark Harvey of Smith Llewellyn Partnership, he intimated that enquiries received by the Law Society or Accident Line from members of the public seeking advice on medical negligence were not referred to practices specialising in medical negligence work. This is not the case. Between January and December 1997, […]

The case for international justice poses problems

The UN feels that an international criminal court would provide justice for those affected by the terrible atrocities but there are serious problems to be overcome, writes Gavin Hood. Gavin Hood is a pupil at 18 Red Lion Court and chair of the Solicitors Human Rights Sub-Group on the International Court. The twentieth century has […]

New Hungary guide

Cameron McKenna has published what is believed to be the first guide to the new corporate legislation in Hungary, which will come into force this summer. Its Hungarian Update details the changes which are aimed at protecting creditors and minimising uncertainty in the existing company law. Stephen Forster, senior partner at Cameron McKenna’s Budapest office, […]

White & Bowker apologises to Fladgate

Winchester-firm White & Bowker, which approached doz-ens of companies allegedly tak-en from a confidential Fladgate Fielder client list, has been forced to send letters of apology. The embarrassing climbdown comes only three weeks after White & Bowker told The Lawyer that it expected a large number of clients to join them from Fladgates’ Basingstoke office […]

Dual-qualified solicitors are suspended from the Bar

The Bar Council has written to all barristers who have become solicitors, telling them that they are suspended from the Bar and can no longer exercise rights of audience as a barrister. The letter, which was sent earlier this month from Jonathan Hirst QC, chairman of the professional standards committee, is the first communication dual-qualified […]

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