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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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Make your mind up time

Anthony Greayer reminds solicitors that they should be deciding where they stand in relation to the Crest share system It is now time for solicitors’ firms to decide what they want to do about Crest. The only option that is not available is to ignore it. Crest offers private client practices the choice of either […]

Brilliant Brochures

A brochure should be seen not as a means of presenting credentials but rather as an opportunity to express the philosophy and personality of a firm. Most brochures are modern, stylish and struggle hard to look interesting. Some use a mixture of styles to provide interest but lack coherence. Some use illustration, currently in vogue […]

BT summariser may lighten workload

HARD-PRESSED lawyers could soon benefit from a computer program which automatically summarises texts. The software, developed by BT Laboratories, includes an Information Agent which searches texts stored on a computer and selects those of most interest to the operator, sorting them in what it ‘thinks’ will be the order of priority to the reader. The […]

In brief: Commission calls for change on hearsay

The Law Commission has called for the admission of hearsay evidence in courts as part of a radical change in criminal evidence rules. Commissioners want a new clear definition of hearsay which will be used when the “interests of justice require it”. Stephen Silber QC, the commissioner responsible for the project, says the move would […]

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A&O beats City to nuclear work

ALLEN & Overy has won the job of advising the Government in its privatisation of the nuclear industry. The firm will act for the Department of Trade. It beat a shortlist of four City giants last week, including Slaughter and May, which advised the former Department of Energy in the electricity privatisation, and Herbert Smith. […]

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