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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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The web: let your clients tap into you

A large number of smaller law firms still do not have a website. Margaret Manning reports on how to use this marketing gift horse to the best possible effect During the recent project to redesign the Law Society’s website, the internet development business Reading Room became aware of how few lawyers actually have a website, […]

Blackstone gifts CC first-time instruction on care home deal

Clifford Chance has sealed its first major UK deal for Blackstone Capital Partners (BCP), advising on the private equity firm’s recommended bid for care home business NHP. The magic circle firm secured the instruction thanks partly to a conflict at Ashurst, which was advising the target, NHP. Ashurst declined to comment, but it is understood […]

Laytons duo head for rivals after Bristol review

Laytons’ South West rivals have scooped up two partners from its Bristol arm in the wake of a management review designed to address flagging profitability in Laytons’ Bristol office. TLT Solicitors has hired a four-lawyer team from Laytons’ commercial department. Laytons commercial partner and head of the trade and technology group Perran Jervis joined the firm last […]

CC capital markets partner quits for Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is beefing up its UK capital markets practice with the hire of former Clifford Chance partner Alan Bannister. Bannister, a US-qualified lawyer, specialises in advising major investment banks and European corporates on US capital markets transactions. He joined Gibson Dunn yesterday (6 December).

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The FSA has widened its scope to include the regulation of insurance brokers. Michael Wainwright highlights the changes On 31 October 2004, there was a change in the rules regarding the regulation of financial advisers. It meant that more than 30,000 firms (ie businesses that are regulated or will require regulation) and individual advisers required […]

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