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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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Street-wise Olswang handles biggest TV sponsorship deal

David Bouchier of Olswang drew up the contracts for the UK’s biggest broadcasting sponsorship: Cadbury’s £10m backing of Coronation Street. Sponsorship of TV is burgeoning as programme-makers seek extra funds. Bouchier said Granada had been involved in other sponsorship tie-ups, but the arrangements had been drawn up by in-house lawyers because the deals had never […]

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Allen & Overy advised the Export-Import Bank of Japan and the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi on a $670m export credit financing of two 660mega-watt coal-fired power stations in Guandong Province

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One of the world’s oldest lawyers has died aged 97, only two months after celebrating his 75th year in practice. Bernard Nath, a senior partner at Chicago firm Sonnenschein, was still clocking up a significant number of weekly billable hours right up until his death on 18 September. He joined the firm in 1921, 15 […]

Focus on management issues

The Lawyer has organised three evening seminars on the management and marketing of chambers. The sessions at the Inner Temple are designed to help chambers improve both their management structures and profitability. They follow up issues raised in a seminar held by The Lawyer in June, which was chaired by Bar Council chair David Penry-Davey […]

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