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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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Wragges scoops work on PFI courts project

Wragge & Co has closed a £31m magistrates court PFI scheme and is working on three similar instructions after completing a pathfinder project for the sector last year.The latest scheme will see the building of new courts in Chesterfield and New Mills and the restoration of a Grade 1-listed former courthouse in Derby.Wragges head of […]

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The Gambling Review Body report received wide publicity, but the casual reader might have been left with the impression that the main recommendation was for Las Vegas-style gambling in Blackpool. In fact, it contains far-reaching proposals for reform of the law governing betting and gaming. In practice, the report may well suffer the same fate […]

Deal of the week – Greene king Greene King acquisition leaves Gouldens out in cold

Gouldens has lost one of its longest-standing clients as a result of the Foot-and-Mouth crisis.The firm is advising on the £102.6m sale of Old English Inns to pub operator and brewer Greene King. Tourism-reliant pub chain Old English went on the market after the Foot-and-Mouth epidemic affected its target earnings.The sale to Greene King, which […]

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A round up of stories from the UK and around the world Lovells bolsters Italian teamLovells is boosting its Italian practice with two senior lawyers who are joining as partners. Andrew Welbourn (left) joins the London office as a banking partner from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. He will specialise in Italian financing work, particularly […]

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