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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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AstraZeneca External advisers: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK (Julian Long, David Higgins and Nick Spearing); Davis Polk & Wardwell, US (Paul Kumleben and Eric Dann in London, Ronan Harty in New York); Homburger, Switzerland (Claude Lambert) In-house team for AstraZeneca: Graeme Musker, Shaun Grady, Tatjana May In-house team for Zeneca Agrochemicals: Jonathan Sullivan, Lynton Boardman, Catherine […]

Gaedertz Munich breaks off to reinstate pre-merger firm

The Munich office of disintegrating law firm Gaedertz is splitting. The news follows the merger of the Cologne office with Norton Rose and the Hamburg office with Latham & Watkins. Local Munich firm Illert Bernstorff Zapp merged with Gaedertz in 1999 but will now demerge. A number of partners will join Norton Rose although the […]

Scott demands end to costs recovery orders

Lord Scott of Foscote called for the abolition of costs recovery orders and litigation privilege during his speech at The Lawyer Monte Carlo. Law Lord Scott, who has held the posts of Head of Civil Justice and Vice-Chancellor, has already suggested abolishing recovery costs to the Lord Chancellor. “You scrub the huge additional costs that […]

Chemical Reaction

Tatjana May and Shaun Grady do not exactly live the quiet life as assistant general counsels for pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Abigail Townsend highlights the plethora of complex deals that have been keeping them so busy. Ask most in-house lawyers why they left private practice and the term “lifestyle” will usually crop up. Not, however, for […]

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Our planning system is in chaos – or at least there is a serious risk that it will be if the House of Lords upholds the High Court judgment in the Alconbury case when the Government’s appeal is heard next month. That is not good news when you consider that the property sector in the […]

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