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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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Andrew Myers on fighting for costs in legally-aided actions.

Andrew Myers is a solicitor advocate at Travers Smith Braithwaite and recently obtained an order nisi from the Court of Appeal that the LAB pay his client’s costs. IT is well-known that a successful litigant is usually unable to obtain an enforceable costs order against a legally-aided opponent. Under section 17 of the Legal Aid […]

Charles Russell gains Conran divorce team

City firm Charles Russell has poached family lawyer Erica Shelton, who advised Lady Caroline Conran in her high-profile u10.5m divorce from restaurateur and designer Sir Terence Conran. Shelton is quitting as London firm Rooks Rider’s head of family law and will take the firm’s entire family law team with her. Three assistants – Nicole Hackett, […]

Damages case of note

In an action heading for the Queen’s Bench Division, London Philharmonic clarinettist Robert Hill is taking the management of Glyndebourne to court in a damages claim. The claim stems from a fall he suffered during a performance. He broke his wrist in the accident just 20 minutes before a performance last May and claims it […]

Norton Rose boosts its asset finance with three partners

Norton Rose is adding three partners, including poaching Wilde Sapte partner Giles Brand, and three assistants to its asset finance practice in London. The firm says asset finance is a major boom area which, over the past 12 months, has increased fee incomes by up to 20 per cent. Brand, who announced he is quitting […]

Case(s) of the week…

Not one but two former council workers hit the headlines after bringing successful legal actions for stress against their employers last week. Former Birmingham City Council worker Beverley Lancaster won u67,000 damages for workplace stress in a groundbreaking case. Former Liverpool City Council worker Cath Noonan received an out-of-court settlement of u84,000 after claiming she […]

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