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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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Precious mettle

Kevin Gold joined Mishcon de Reya via a merger, and now as managing partner he is ready for another one, where quality not quantity remains a priority. Chris Brock reports Talking to Kevin Gold, managing partner at Mishcon de Reya, is a disconcerting experience. While he exudes an aura of reassurance and calm, the brusque […]

World Online

World Online may be doing battle with its investors, but that has not stopped it hooking up with Italian internet operator Tiscali. The £5.9bn deal comes only months after World Online’s much-hyped IPO on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Investors are claiming that the company did not present all the evidence it should have in its […]

5D Solutions

5D Solutions £15m sale of digital publishing division to Global Graphics. Vendor advised by Lewis Silkin (Philip Lamb), Global Graphics advised by Walker Morris (Ian Gilbert).

Reynolds wins joint venture deal

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has snatched a lucrative deal from under the noses of leading media firm Wiggin & Co. The deal is a joint venture between digital studio kpe and television production company Hat Trick Productions. For the Hat Trick deal, kpe instructed Wiggin & Co. However, before the deal was completed the company dropped […]

Freshfields and Slaughters clean up in Hong Kong as privatisation programme launches

UK FIRMS have cashed in on Hong Kong’s first-ever privatisation, putting them at the front of the queue for more work. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May acted on the privatisation of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, the city’s underground rail system. MTR Corporation floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Thursday […]

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