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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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SJ Berwin, White & Case wind up Baugur

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Freshfields leads on British Land rights issue

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has cemented its relationship with British Land by acting on the group’s £740m rights issue. The company said the issue would firm up its balance sheet but the move sent share prices in the property sector tumbling. Freshfields corporate partners Julian Long and Sarah Murphy led the team, while Linklaters corporate partner […]

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Raleys managing partner suspended over miners compensation scandal

The senior partner of north-east firm Raleys Solicitors has been banned from practising law for four years over his role in handling compensation claims from sick coalminers. At the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) Derek Firth was one of six Raleys partners to face a series of allegations from the Solicitors Regulation Authority over its relationship […]

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Brit paralegal leaves for internship on US death row

A would-be lawyer is about to swap life at a corporate law firm for one working with prisoners on death row after securing an internship with pro bono charity Amicus. Former law student Duncan Jones, who is currently working as a paralegal at Norwich law firm Howes Percival, will in March take up a post […]

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Salans muscles in on Olswang’s US friend

Greenberg to step up international drive with closer ties to European giant Olswang’s US friend” />Olswang’s relationship with US alliance partner Greenberg Traurig is being challenged ;as ;the ;Miami-­headquartered firm looks to expand its international ­coverage via closer ties with European firm Salans. Greenberg, ;which ­accesses the Italian market through an alliance with local firm […]

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