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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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Legal department reacts to cuts head-on with mutualisation plans Labour-controlled London Borough of Lambeth is embracing the coalition Government’s ’Big Society’ agenda by localising public services as local government spending is slashed in half over the next four years. Lambeth is to publish consultation findings on how it can adopt a “mixed-market approach to service […]

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What do the following have in common: hair dye; lacy knickers; breath freshener; and alcohol? Well, besides being the key ingredients for a good night out in Southend, they’re also the items to avoid if you’re buying a Secret Santa present this year. Who says so? The killjoys over at Lewis Hymanson Small say so, […]

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