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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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Tulkinghorn: Move over Don, there are new suits in town

Back in July you may recall that Kennedys marked the opening of its Sheffield office by producing a thrilling music video of its lawyers miming – yet still somehow managing to massacre – Queen’s classic hit Don’t Stop Me Now. The production must have hit a nerve with deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who, ­Tulkinghorn […]

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Norton Rose suffers four-partner walk out in Paris

Norton Rose is set to lose a team of four partners in Paris, one month after losing five lawyers to Stephenson Harwood. Corporate partners Jean-Francois Mercadier, Pascale Gallien and Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton, and dispute resolution partner Alexander Brabant are all expected to leave the firm with their associates. It is not clear where they are going […]

Shearman plans a radical strategy rethink to boost litigation revenue

Firm targeting US and Europe for growth as it looks to make up ground on rivals. By Matt Byrne Shearman & Sterling is aiming to increase its global litigation revenues significantly over the next few years in what amounts to an admission that its dispute resolution capabilities are currently underweight. Shearman has one of the […]

BBL focuses on Olympics with EMW hire

The British Basketball League (BBL) has appointed EMW Picton Howell as its sole legal adviser. BBL chairman Paul Blake said the appointment was made ahead of the body’s plans to capitalise on the commercial opportunities that will be created by the London Olympics in 2012. The Milton Keynes-based firm will provide all legal advice to […]

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