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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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Employed barristers deserve justice

Last year the Lord Chancellor introduced the Access to Justice Bill, saying it “would remove unnecessary restrictions…which prevent employed barristers and most solicitors from appearing in the higher courts”. Lord Mackay said much the same in 1990. Both sets of proposals were vigorously opposed by the Bar Council, anxious to protect the interests of barristers […]

Merging US law firms form global IP giant

Two US firms are merging to form the world’s biggest IP practice, and the new firm’s next target will be Europe. Washington DC-based Howrey & Simon and Houston IP firm Arnold White & Durkee will join forces on 1 January 2000. The 470-lawyer merged firm will boast a team of 250 IP lawyers, which is […]

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The curse of Pinochet still casts a long shadow over the British legal system. Lord Browne-Wilkinson may prove to have been the first of its victims. It fell to the senior Law Lord to announce last December that Lord Hoffmann, a fellow Law Lord who had taken part in the original extradition appeal without disclosing […]

Square Mile

For competition law practitioners and their clients, the next decade will be one of challenge and change. The internationalisation of competition law is upon us. The global economy, mega-mergers and the spread of antitrust regimes around the world means that the time has come for a new type of practitioner and client service. Awareness of […]

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