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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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Birmingham insurance teams are going down like flies, but the market is apparently fine. Emma Vere-Jones finds out what’s really happening One could be forgiven for thinking that life must be bleak in the Birmingham insurance market at the moment. Two weeks ago, as revealed in The Lawyer (6 May), Eversheds closed its Birmingham insurance […]

Judge orders ITN to pay £900,000 to Peter Carter-Ruck

ITN has been stung with a £900,000 Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners bill, which it has been fighting for more than a year Last week Costs Judge Wright ordered ITN to pay the fee from a defamation case it lost against Carter-Ruck client, surgeon Peter Rahamim, last April. Carter-Ruck took the case under a conditional fee […]

CCR&W in last-gasp Brobeck turnaround

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells (CCR&W) has abandoned plans to open an office in San Francisco and has pulled out of talks with the group of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners just hours before the CCR&W partners were due to vote on whether to take on the group.As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyer news, the deal […]

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Accidents will happen. One day the Clifford Chance reception is mysteriously croded with tall, tanned and toothy blokes in button-downs. The next day, the mass lateral hire out of Brobeck – revealed last week by The Lawyer – is off, just when the Metropole hotel was readying itself for an influx of CC partners ready […]

Opinion

The National Audit Office reported on 24 April that the NHS is facing a £4.4bn legal bill for medical negligence claims. Edward Leigh, the chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said that he was extremely worried by the scale of the cost to the NHS and urged reform of the compensation system. “We’re living […]

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