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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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Profession figures in Gay Times celebration

OVER a dozen lawyers will feature in a Top 200 survey of prominent lesbians and gay men commissioned by Gay Times to celebrate its 200th issue in May. Compiler of the law section, Angus Hamilton, himself a gay solicitor, says the task was “nigh on impossible”. His final choice is: Angela Mason, director of Stonewall, […]

Conditional fees set to go ahead despite judge's fears

CONDITIONAL fees look set to be laid before Parliament soon after Easter despite a string of complaints about the draft rules by key advisers to the Lord Chancellor. Lord Mackay is taking another look at his controversial “no win no fee” proposals after the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) expressed […]

In brief: YSG lecture discusses career options

Legal outplacement agency PCM will present a lecture on career options at the Law Society on 25 April. The lecture, organised by the London Young Solicitors’ Group, will include a speech from PCM’s Charles Glass on alternative careers for lawyers dealing with unforeseen career changes and the use of psychometric testing for the assessment of […]

Young bows out over sex claims

EILEEN Pembridge has accused the Law Society leadership of resisting her private calls for John Young to step down from office two years ago after “numerous” sexual harassment allegations were made against him. Pembridge, a presidential candidate, says those who knew about the allegations and yet continued to back Young’s presidential candidacy are now in […]

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