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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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Berrymans warns builders of potential contract chaos

THE CONSTRUCTION industry has been warned that new plain English standard-form building contracts are likely to spark increased litigation, rather than ease disputes. A construction industry conference held by City firm Berrymans was told the New Engineering Contract (NEC), issued by the Institution of Civil Engineers, would ignite a series of legal disputes to establish […]

Rocky birth for Hong Kong Appeal Court

LAWYERS in Hong Kong are deeply divided over the Court of Final Appeal (CFA), the final arbiter of law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from 1997. The establishment of the court has caused a major ruckus between the Chinese and British governments as well as at the Law Society and the Bar. And […]

In brief: Pittaway appointed chair of SSPF

Ian Pittaway, head of pensions at City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones, has been appointed chair of SSPF Personal Pensions, which runs an occupational pension scheme for the legal profession. Pittaway, a former chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers, succeeds Charles Woodhouse of Farrer & Co.

Solicitor advocates

There are now 77 solicitor advocates practising in Scotland. Although those with dual rights of audience in the High Court of Justiciary and the Court of Session, House of Lords and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council number only two, the number of applications for civil rights of audience has now reached 27, compared to […]

Networks join forces to offer conveyancing 'kitemark'

TWO NATIONAL legal networks joined forces last week to launch a new set of “premium level” practice standards for conveyancing firms. The guidelines for bigger and better-organised practices were published jointly by Conquest, the national solicitors’ grouping, and Network 2000, the association of firms which service lenders. The announcement comes as the Law Society finds […]

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