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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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City players get chance to form own chambers

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In brief: SBA accounts reveal funds deficit

An increase in grants and a reduction in investment income have been blamed for the £46,006 net deficit recorded by the Solicitor’s Benevolent Association in its 1994 accounts. SBA president Eila Rochfort says deficits have been recorded in the past but, as the Association has put no ceiling on awards made to beneficiaries, “this must […]

UK solicitor loses Irish libel action

AN IRISH solicitor has won libel damages of u10,000 against a member of the profession in Britain. Justin Sadleir, of Gort, County Galway, took the action in Galway Circuit Court over a letter written by Joseph Bateman, of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. The court heard that Sadleir had represented a company called Manorcraft in an action in […]

Freshfields reshuffle puts Salz in top post

ANTHONY Salz, the high profile head of Freshfields’ corporate department, is to become the City firm’s new senior partner. Salz takes over from John Grieves, who is due to retire. Grieves has been a partner at the firm since 1964 and held the top job for the last five years. The firm says that the […]

Howard faces struggle over CICS

MICHAEL Howard will have difficulty pushing through legislation to reinstate the tariff-based criminal injuries compensation scheme declared unlawful by the Lords, the Law Society predicts. The ruling against the Home Secretary’s controversial scheme has been applauded by the Law Society and hailed as a major victory for the victims of crime by the lawyers who […]

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