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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 […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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Milking the system?

When the right expert witness can make a case, it is not surprising the lengths to which solicitors will go to secure their evidence. Indeed, in April this year, during the hearing of evidence for the Creutzfeld-Jakob disease case, such was the eminence of Professor Brian Matthews, Professor Emeritus of clinical neurology at Oxford University, […]

Litigation Writs 19/11/96

Three new writs have been issued in the growing number of claims against the Medical Research Council and the Secretary of State over growth hormone treatment alleged to have caused, or alleged to have posed a threat of causing, CJD. The latest writs were issued by Steven Woodcock of Lancashire, Jacqueline McCollin of Middlesex, and […]

Apil approves a mandatory conduct code

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has introduced a compulsory code of conduct after a heated debate about the public image of its 3,000 members. The code was backed at Apil’s conference in Manchester on Friday, when president Caroline Harmer confirmed that any lawyer who does not subscribe to the code will be barred from […]

Farrers sued over DNA technicality

Solicitors to the Queen Farrers & Co are being sued for negligence in a paternity case because they allegedly applied for a DNA test under the wrong Act. The mother concerned, who was seeking maintenance from the alleged father, a wealthy foreign businessman, has issued a High Court writ claiming Farrers acted negligently on her […]

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