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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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In recent months there have been a number of high-profile corporate appointments and casualties, and the generosity of the packages and compensation payments on termination have caused legitimate public concern. This concern has been evidenced by press reports criticising the huge sums paid out to directors ousted from the board on the basis of poor […]

THE LEGGATT REVIEW

In May the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, announced a wide-ranging and independent review of industrial tribunals throughout England and Wales. The last such review took place 43 years ago in 1957. That last review came under the chairmanship of Sir Oliver Franks. The Lord Chancellor appointed Sir Andrew Leggatt, a retired Appeal Court judge, to […]

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Niche set 5 Raymond Buildings has made a surprisingly high entry in The Lawyer’s House of Lords league table. This is as a result of the volume of defamation cases that have reached the Lords in the last year. The set had nine appearances in total, compared with just two for its nearest rival 1 […]

Osborne Clarke hires two new tax partners

Osborne Clarke has recruited two new partners to its corporate tax team, bolstering its service to new economy clients and establishing a permanent corporate tax function in the City. Stuart Long was head of tax at Holborn-based Barnett Alexander Chart, before it dissolved following the departure of seven of its corporate and PFI partners to […]

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