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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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Case of the week

Solicitor’s wife and Welsh nursery owner Margaret Price is expected to face a four-week court trial in connection with child cruelty allegations. A former assistant at Price’s Playtime Nursery in Brecon told Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court of how children under four years old, who were sent to the punishment playpen known as the lobster pot, […]

Allen & Overy doubles its new partner intake

Allen & Overy is promoting more than double the number of assistant solicitors to partners this year compared to 1999. Next month, 40 new partners will be created. In May last year, only 17 were made up. John Rink, managing partner at A&O, says the boost in numbers reflects the growth of the firm in […]

Quote of the week

“I was born to be a barrister.” – Lord Brennan QC, last year’s chairman of the Bar Council and a tenant of 39 Essex Street.

Sector Insight:Heavy Industry

The traditional heavy industry sector has been forced to move with the times in order to keep up with the e-commerce boom. Claire Smith and Tamzin Hindmarch report on what the sector now expects from its legal advisers These are hard times for manufacturers in the UK. The traditional heavy industry sector is faced with […]

Commercial and regional bar miss out in silks list 2000

The commercial bar and the regions have been dealt the poorest hand by this year’s silks list. Most noticeably, magic circle sets One Essex Court and Fountain Court failed to secure a single new QC between them, although they are both understood to have made several applications. However, this can simply be seen as redressing […]

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