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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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In brief: Young Bar groups' stage liability event

The European Young Bar Association in conjunction with the Rotterdam and Dordrecht Young Bar Association and the Hamburg Young Lawyers Group is holding a one-day seminar in Rotterdam next month. The seminar, which will address the issue of civil liability resulting from the carriage of dangerous goods, is aimed at those practising maritime and general […]

In brief: Marshalls hooks up to national network

Surrey-based Marshalls has joined a national networking organisation for lawyers. The firm, which has offices in Godalming and Woking, is now part of the Nationwide Independent Solicitor Group. Partner Sara Coate says the firm can make use of the network’s French links and conveyancing strengths. “It is imperative that when buying abroad, one takes full […]

Policeman wins first email libel

A POLICEMAN has been awarded “substantial” damages in what is believed to be the first action for libel brought over material transmitted by electronic mail. PC David Eggleton reached an out-of-court settlement with the supermarket chain Asda over a description of him which was circulated between its stores. The circular went out after the crime […]

Ruling paves way for tax challenges

LONDON firm John Singh & Co has lost its High Court fight against swingeing taxation of a legal aid bill for defence at a Southwark Crown Court fraud trial. The case represents a signpost ruling that the decisions of taxation masters can be susceptible to judicial review, although Mr Justice Latham made it clear the […]

Paris partner raises Decherts' Euro stake

US FIRM Dechert Price & Rhoads has increased its European portfolio by placing a resident partner in Paris. The firm, which last year joined up with London’s Titmuss Sainer & Webb, was one of the first US firms to establish offices in Europe. It now operates an established Brussels practice and employs almost 150 lawyers […]

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