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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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Olswang planning chief quits ahead of DJ Freeman deal

Olswang head of planning Richard Max is leaving to set up his own firm, opening the door for DJ Freeman’s head of planning Karen Howard to take over the reins.Ironically, Max is a former DJ Freeman partner, although it is understood that his decision was made before the announcement of Howard’s imminent arrival at Olswang.Max […]

Blake Lapthorn joins with Linnells for Oxford assault

Blake Lapthorn is making a bid to challenge the Oxford branches of Morgan Cole and Manches by merging with local firm Linnells As Blake Lapthorn’s largest merger to date, the deal will net a combined turnover of £32m from offices along the A34 from Oxford to Southampton. In 2001 Linnells was set to create the […]

DLA claims Camerons redundancies can make profit in Hong Kong

Twenty of the CMS Cameron McKenna lawyers who lost their jobs following the announcement of the Hong Kong office’s closure have found a new home at DLA.The team joining DLA boasts six partners – including managing partner of the Hong Kong office Chris Clarke and fellow equity partner Janine Canham – plus 13 other fee-earners.Although […]

Set profile: 3 stone buildings

With celebrity status and a NY office, 3 Stone Buildings has hit the big time Few people at the Chancery Bar have not heard of Geoffrey Vos QC, head of 3 Stone Buildings, either by name or reputation. At present, he says that he is content with keeping his set small. He fears expansion could […]

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