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Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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 […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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Edwards goes on attack over Bar's “arrogance'

Leading criminal law solicitor Tony Edwards has attacked barristers for their “arrogance” and “verbosity”. The attack came during a call for the introduction of new standards for advocacy at the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates’ (SAHCA) first annual conference. Edwards, senior partner of London firm TV Edwards & Co, told the conference in Coventry […]

Thai Trading case may go to House of Lords

A PETITION for leave to appeal in the Thai Trading v Taylor case has been lodged at the House of Lords – challenging the Court of Appeal’s decision that contingency fee cases are no longer contrary to public policy. In the Appeal Court in February, Lord Justice Millett held that it is lawful for solicitors […]

What state the Internet?

Despite the popularity of e-commerce, its regulation is ambiguous, writes David Flint. David Flint is the partner in charge of intellectual property at MacRoberts. Over the last few months, I have attempted to give clients an overview of some of the jurisdictional cases emanating from the US courts relating to the Internet. I would like […]

Entering a joint venture into the unknown

Shaun Pye looks at the Biddle report on conditional fee arrangements and the Bar It is the end of the Bar as we know it. So says the report prepared by City firm Biddle on the effect of government plans to extend conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). The hefty 150-page and 13-appendix report was prepared by […]

Let the solicitor be the judge

Solicitors could soon be appointed judges in the higher courts – if new proposals are approved, reports Eileen McCabe. Eileen McCabe is a freelance journalist. Barristers in Ireland are bracing themselves for yet another attack on one of their preserves by their solicitor colleagues. The Republic’s Minister of Justice John O’Donoghue will shortly receive a […]

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