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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

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The court’s U-turn in Halloran has left happy insurers and infuriated PI lawyers at loggerheads. Norwich Union puts the case for the insurers to Jon Robins Clayden is of the view that PI lawyers make way too much money, and as the man with the responsibility for signing off (or not) many of their claims, […]

Mayer Brown improves government relations

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Cooley-Pennie merger talks called off after money row

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Of solicitors who transfer from private practice, nine out of 10 strongly prefer working for local government. This is according to a survey conducted by the Local Government Group (LGG) of the Law Society, which questioned more than 150 solicitors who had transferred from private practice into local government Why should this be? Those surveyed […]

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