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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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“If a witness wears a Shirley Bassey wig and make-up, how am I to determine that witness is credible?” – William Taylor QC, lawyer for the two Lockerbie suspects when the prosecution asked if key witnesses such as CIA agents could give their testimony in disguise. The judge, Lord Sutherland, rejected the request. “All I […]

SJ Berwin to build finance division

SJ Berwin is creating a 20-partner finance division to span its international offices as part of a plan to coordinate and publicise its activities in this area. Gillian Smith, head of banking in London, says: “We have always seen ourselves as a corporate firm, but we are seeking to emphasise our finance and debt side.” […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs agrees partner share scheme with US firm

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is sharing its departing projects team with Buchanan Ingersoll, reports Sean Farrell Beachcroft Wansbroughs and US firm Buchanan Ingersoll have agreed to share Beachcrofts’ projects team when it moves to Buchanans in the new year. As revealed in The Lawyer (11 October), Beachcrofts’ highly-rated head of projects Barry Francis, who specialises in private […]

Landmark Ruling Throws Scotland's Criminal Justice System Into Chaos

Scotland’s criminal justice system was thrown into chaos last night after a landmark ruling that its use of temporary sheriffs breaches European law. Three senior judges decided the Lord Advocate’s power to hire and fire temporary sheriffs at will meant defendants could not be guaranteed a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the […]

Clarke Willmott poaches partner

Leading south-west firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has poached a property partner from rival firm Battens. Nick Francombe will join the Taunton office of the Bristol-based 43-partner firm, sparking a decision by Battens to close its office in the Somerset capital. Fellow Battens partners Nigel Gosden and Russell Pearce have also decided to leave the […]

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