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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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DAC suffers blow as core team quits for Hammonds

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Silk calls for UK to hire Sierra Leone lawyers

ONE OF the country’s leading human rights silks is calling for UK solicitors firms to hire Sierra Leone’s top lawyers as paralegals or outdoor clerks.Michael Birnbaum QC, of 9-12 Bell Yard, says the horrendous troubles in the African country have forced many senior members of the Bar and judiciary to flee the country and seek […]

In brief: Freshfields

Freshfields is to take on six new assistants in its Paris office. The appointments will be in the corporate finance and finance department and are designed, says finance partner Jean-Luc Michaud, to redress the uneven ratio of assistants to partners.

The pro bono myth laid bare

AS THE Government pursues a successful strategy of attacking solicitors for their supposed greed, the legal profession is steadfastly refusing to reveal what work it does for free.Unearthing individual solicitors who are committed to pro bono is not difficult. But getting the entire profession to provide the hard facts and figures to show how much […]

FSA is set to become too powerful

George Staple QC, partner, Clifford Chance Monty Raphael, senior partner, Peters & Peters Stephen Pollard, partner, Kingsley Napley Mounting allegations in the latest City scandal – the “Flaming Ferrari” traders suspended for alleged market-rigging – will no doubt get a warm welcome from the public for encouraging plans to police the Square Mile more rigorously. […]

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