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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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Med neg panel's raw deal for firms

There is a fallacy underlying the positions taken by the Law Society and Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA), as described in The Lawyer, 2 June, which is that there is no middle ground between the two. I strongly support the position taken by AVMA, that medical negligence actions should be undertaken only by […]

Law Soc AGM opposes block contracting

THE Law Society’s AGM approved a resolution last week opposing exclusive block contracting for criminal legal aid work unless certain safeguards are introduced. The resolution, which was tabled by the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA), was passed unanimously by the meeting last Thursday. It says the Law Society should oppose any block contracting scheme unless […]

Biddle makes a splash

Biddle holds its annual water-skiing afternoon for its clients this Friday. They are urged to “bring a wet suit” if they have one. Also on Friday, the Entertainment, Sports and Media Group is hosting a sports seminar at the Law Society. “At the end of the season, we’ll be there or thereabouts… Where will you […]

Recommendations from the regions

Matheu Swallow spotlights the regional barristers who attract praise for their specialist knowledge and tracks down the chambers favoured by provincial firms. The regional Bar is not particularly strong in the area of landlord and tenant work. Regional solicitors do a lot of work in-house and only turn to counsel when they do not know […]

Preparing for the new order in court

The Government’s plans to extend rights of audience to solicitors is set to spark a long-awaited revolution in the legal profession, says Mark Humphries IN June, the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) published a White Paper containing the government’s proposals on rights of audience before the higher courts. The central theme of the proposals is that […]

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