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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 […]

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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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Maples boosts offshore presence in Singapore

Maples and Calder has become the latest offshore firm to open a Singapore office, relocating two partners from Hong Kong for the launch. Funds partner Nick Harrold and corporate finance partner James Burch will head up the office, which will offer Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI) law advice. Maples joins a growing number […]

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Irwin Mitchell, Hodge Jones & Allen face negligence claim over MMR case

Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen have been hit with a professional negligence claim over how they case managed a group action relating to the measle, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors disputes chief Luke Patel is instructed in the case for former clients of the two firms, with David Berkley QC […]

Walker Morris recruits OFT’s consumer credit director

Leeds firm Walker Morris has appointed the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)’s former director of consumer credit, Ray Watson, in a boost for its regulatory team. Watson starts work at the firm next week after 28 years at the OFT. Most recently he headed up the office’s consumer credit licensing team and led the implementation […]

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