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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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Ashursts partner made silk

A City competition lawyer at Ashurst Morris Crisp is the only solicitor advocate to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in this year’s silks list. Mark Clough, partner in EC and competition law, receives silk over seven other solicitor applicants, and becomes the fifth in-house advocate. Nigel Parr, head of the EC and competition group at Ashursts, […]

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The Mirror Group has provided a flood of headlines in the financial press over the past few months. Viewed by some as a company that has lost its way, the group now has two other media firms circling around each other looking at whether it would be a good link-up. The two companies Trinity and […]

Martin Cross on insolvency practitioners costs.

Martin Cross is head of litigation at Thomas Eggar Church Adams. The ringing words of Mr Justice Ferris in Mirror Group Newspapers v Maxwell & ors (1998) BCC324 concerning the fees of the receivers sent a chill wind through the offices of all professionals dealing with insolvency work. In the Maxwell case, the receivers took […]

It's been a bad week for…

The Law Society, which looks likely to lose its self-regulatory powers following a severely critical report on the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) by legal services ombudsman Ann Abraham. Complaints against the profession are now running at an all-time high of one for every 2.4 practising solicitors. According to Abraham’s report, “It is, […]

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