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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 […]

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Officer of judgment debtor can be committed for failure to provide information – CoA

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Divorce maintenance payments remain a somewhat cloudy issue, with recent rulings struggling to clarify the law, says Andrew Breakwell Family lawyers were eagerly anticipating the House of Lords’ decisions in Miller v Miller and McFarlane v McFarlane. The profession had hoped for clarification to a number of areas, in particular on how maintenance should be […]

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