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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 […]

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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

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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In an innovative commercial move, tax specialist set Gray’s Inn Chambers is outsourcing three of its junior barristers to at least six City and commercial solicitors’ firms with over-stretched tax departments. The trio – Conrad McDonnell, Hugh McKay and Aparna Nathan – charges an hourly rate, effectively acting as assistant solicitors. The three attend meetings […]

Appeal Court extends barristers' immunity beyond courtroom

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the concept of barristers’ immunity extends beyond the courtroom door following a case against family lawyer and Labour MP Jean Corston. In a significant decision, the the Appeal Court has ruled that in some instances lawyers who negotiate pre-trial or mid-trial settlements are protected from any subsequent negligence […]

A&O partner defects to US firm to set up property unit

Allen & Overy property partner Rupert Jones is joining Chicago firm Sonnenschein’s London office to help it develop an English law property department. Jones, who has just advised Morgan Stanley on a £550m securitisation of Canary Wharf, said: “I want to run my own practice in a way that I can’t do in a substantial […]

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