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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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Is the commercial bar at crisis point ?

The rise of solicitor-advocates, the increasing use of mediation – do they pose a real threat to commercial barristers? Susan Ward and Mark Hapgood QC discuss the future. Susan Ward is chairman of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry. One of the earliest writers on economics, Adam Smith, wrote: “Consumption is the sole […]

Square Mile

How refreshing to read David Bramson’s column (The Lawyer, 3 May) on meeting the needs of clients through the creation of industry groups. Client is a word mentioned surprisingly infrequently by the authors of these columns – and for the sake of the whole profession we should know better. Thinking about what clients want should […]

IP specialist goes global

Ernest Kay, the leading intellectual property lawyer, is moving his base from rural Dorset to the City, while establishing a number of European and US alliances. Sole practitioner Kay, who doubles up as a scientist, will retain his Poole office in Dorset but has been forced to move to London to service what he claims […]

Eversheds sets sights on Italy

Eversheds is setting up an Italian office as part of its strategy to establish itself as a major City player, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm’s plans to open in Italy come just two months after it announced its intention to merge with a Dusseldorf practice within six months. Eversheds’ move is part of a […]

How can e-trading be regulated?

Harry Small, head of IT, Baker and McKenzie Conor Ward, partner, Lovell White Durrant Kim Nicholson, head of e-commerce, Olswang The speed with which the internet is beginning to impact on business has left legislators standing. Issues of cross-border unregulated trade and security have led to both the European Commission and UK Government considering exactly […]

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