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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 […]

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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Kamlesh Bahl is stepping down as chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to concentrate more fully on her new role as deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Bahl, who will leave the EOC on 30 November, polled over 12,000 votes – the most of all the six candidates for office – beating David Keating […]

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This year’s financial figures from the top 50 firms reflect the blissful economic climate most businesses are currently enjoying. There are few surprises. The firms we expected to do well have indeed done so with record fees and profits. Others have performed relatively well, but there is a core of firms which go against the […]

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I was recently speaking to one of my matrimonial clients who gave me her own perspective on mediation (having had six or seven mediation sessions with her husband). She said that when she was living with her husband, he used to shout at her every night for two hours. She is no longer living with […]

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The research into mediation at the Central London County Court is more interesting than your headline “Research finds solicitors hostile to mediation scheme” (The Lawyer, 4 August 1998) would indicate. You reported that many solicitors “preferred to depend on known litigation strategies rather than experimenting”. Obviously – solicitors are not a bunch of mad scientists […]

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