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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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The Monty Python team is suing the Royal Bank of Canada over ownership of The Life of Brian. The Pythons’ film company licensed the movie to a Canadian distribution firm which then used it as security for loans, before it went into receivership last year. Python Pictures is going to court to stop the bank […]

Comet among the stars

Irving David, entertainment lawyer and co-senior partner of David Wineman solicitors, is 52, single and most definitely still a lad at heart. He is impatiently awaiting delivery of his new boy racer machine, a speedy BMW 540, and spends much of his spare time flying. The rest of the time you will find him travelling […]

In brief: Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents

Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents, one of the country’s largest estate agency chains, plans to cut the number of firms handling its conveyancing work from more than 1,000 to fewer than 10. The members of its new panel will be announced in June.

IT partner heads for Field Fisher

Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached Osborne Clarke IT partner Nigel Wildish.Wildish joins Field Fisher as a partner in the firm’s IT & online law group. His recruitment follows the firm’s capture of SJ Berwin’s trademark and designs group, revealed in The Lawyer (22 March).Wildish will be working with technology companies providing a one-stop-shop for outsourcing, […]

Legal aid:value for money

In the year 1997-98 the Legal Aid Board (LAB) paid out u323m to fund personal injury actions (including medical negligence). For that money it advised and assisted 75,000 individual cases.Of that, u245m was paid to non-medical negligence cases with the final bill for the public purse amounting to u37.1m – the equivalent of two Alan […]

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