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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 […]

Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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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Good works need to be coordinated

The Law Society has displayed a startling lack of leadership on the issue of pro bono work. Despite the obvious public relations benefits, there is a need for a unit to co-ordinate the various schemes run by law firms. The Bar has already taken action – it set up a pro bono unit earlier this […]

Garrett & Co eyes rival firms in bid to beef up finance dept

Garrett & Co is planning to head-hunt senior banking and finance lawyers from rival firms, following the recruitment of former Baker & McKenzie partner Peter Richards-Carpenter to head its new financial markets department. Richards-Carpenter was previously head of Baker & McKenzie’s financial services regulatory and custody banking practices in London. He told The Lawyer: “We […]

Bristol court gives top marks to tele-hearing

Solicitors involved in Bristol’s first court-based tele-hearing have welcomed the new development as “an excellent idea”. The tele-hearing, a pre-trial review of a commercial case, was the first to be heard at Bristol’s Mercantile Court. It was suggested by Judge Raymond Jack QC, who presided over it at the end of November. The hearing was […]

In brief: Get your words right, says campaign head

Lawyers are doing clients a disservice by using archaic, poorly punctuated and abstruse language. This was the message spelt out by the Plain English Campaign at its fringe meeting at the Solicitors Annual Conference last Friday. Campaign founder Chrissie Maher said: “Even today many lawyers are still unsure of what plain English means. They wrongly […]

Acting in the world's interests

With the activities of the IBA’s high-profile Section on Business Law attracting most attention, other IBA activities have been somewhat sidelined. But one area in which the IBA has a respectable track record – human rights – is fighting back with the establishment last December of the Human Rights Institute. “A global lawyers’ organisation had […]

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