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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 […]

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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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New look for Loyens board as members step down

Dutch heavyweight Loyens & Loeff has rejigged its management board, with tax adviser Pim Bertels succeeding Philip van Hilten as chairman. Board member Ronald Pfeiffer, a civil-law notary and attorney, has also stepped down. He has been succeeded by attorney Maarten Das. Both van Hilten and Pfeiffer plan to continue practising at Loyens. From 1 […]

Three firms land Thai Refinery advice tasks

Norton Rose, Shearman & Sterling and White & Case secured mandates on the Rayong Refinery Public Company’s (RRC) $720m (£390.47m) float on the Thai stock exchange. RRC is the country’s third-largest oil-refining facility and was formerly a fully owned subsidiary of PTT Public Company, Thailand’s largest oil and gas conglomerate. The listing is the third […]

AIM practices suffer as stock market gets case of the jitters

Recent market uncertainty means law firms are likely to suffer a dip in their previously booming alternative investment market (AIM) practices. Lawyers have warned that they are already seeing a downturn in instructions as nervousness in the stock market forces companies to postpone or axe their flotation or share sale plans. Several companies have already […]

Arcadia faces legal action by disability rights body

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is setting out to fight retail giant Arcadia on behalf of a woman who claims she was unable to shop because she is in a wheelchair. The DRC’s in-house legal team is bringing the case on behalf of Joanne Holland, a wheelchair user, who said she could not get into […]

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