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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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Clerks take business lessons

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Landmark music copyright ruling due

A landmark ruling is expected next week that could have major implications for the ownership of music copyright. The plaintiffs, former members of 1980s pop group Spandau Ballet, are claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in royalties from songwriter Gary Kemp. They claim that because they assisted in the rehearsing of songs and performed on […]

In brief: Linklaters

Linklaters advised Bermuda’s government on its new e-commerce laws. Bermuda will be the second offshore centre after Singapore to introduce e-commerce legislation. Robyn Durie, head of Linklaters’ telecoms team, says because e-commerce is ever-changing, “our job was to ensure the legislation is as comprehensive and flexible as possible”. The bill is going through the Bermudan […]

In brief: Professor Martin Wasik

Professor Martin Wasik is to be the first Chair of the Sentencing Advisory Panel, the Lord Chancellor has announced. Professor Wasik, a non-practising barrister, was appointed Professor of Law at Manchester University in 1992 and is co-author of the criminal practitioners’ bible, Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. He takes up his new post on 1 July.

City giants lose out to US firms in M&A league

US firms are taking a bigger bite of the large corporate deals work as cross-border M&A work continues to give million-pound rewards. According to Corporate Money, for the first quarter of 1999 four out of the 10 largest dealmakers in the UK are US firms. Sullivan & Cromwell knocks heavyweights Clifford Chance and Slaughter and […]

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