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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 10/10/95

No duty owed by Scottish lenders to wives of borrowers Mumford v Bank of Scotland: Smith v the same (1995). First Division Inner House Court of Session (Lord Hope, Lord Weir and Lord Abernethy) 2/6/95. Summary: No duty owed by bank in Scotland to require wife to seek independent advice before entering into a mortgage […]

In brief: Survey raps PI influence on Woolf report

Large corporations believe personal injury lawyers may have had too much influence on the Woolf report, a client survey is expected to show this week. The survey by Simmons & Simmons questioned 35 clients and contacts from the banking, insurance and corporate world. They are worried that Lord Woolf relied too heavily on PI submissions […]

Changing prehistoric practices

The recent Bar Conference included a session on chambers management. It examined the past and future of a fictional chambers in crisis that had the address No 1 Jurassic Court. The fictional case study included the revelation that Jurassic Court’s income had declined. The new senior clerk, with a better working knowledge of the computer […]

OJ – what price for UK law?

If US justice has indeed been on trial in the OJ Simpson case, most observers will feel that, unlike the defendant, it has been resoundingly convicted. And if that is right, is UK justice merely on remand, awaiting the same fate? It is surely dangerous to be too categoric of vicious circles. The media coverage […]

Flotation

McGrigor Donald acted for Meconic, an Edinburgh-based specialist manufacturer of controlled drugs, in its flotation by way of a placing on the London Stock Exchange. The placing raising £10 million for Meconic and just under £9 million for selling shareholders. Freshfields advised sponsor Baring Brothers.

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