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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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Indian lawyer forges alliance

An Indian lawyer who came to the UK on a British Council Scholarship has helped launch a Law Society-sponsored bi-lateral association between Britain and India. Sanjay Gogia, formerly of Khaitan & Co in New Delhi and now a trainee with Allen & Overy, said that when he arrived in London he was surprised that no […]

Requests for mercantile courts answered

Two mercantile courts to be set up in Newcastle and Leeds will be headed by long standing Clifford Chance partner Christopher McGonigal. The courts, at Leeds and Newcastle district registries, have been welcomed by practitioners and businesses in the region who have been campaigning for them since the end of 1994. At the moment practitioners […]

In brief: Law should protect children, says QC

Allan Levy QC has called for the English legal system to protect, not prosecute, child prostitutes. Speaking last week in London at The Children Society’s conference on child prostitution in the UK, Levy said: “The approach towards the children should aim for protection, not prosecution. In so far as the criminal law clashes with the […]

Not-so-private investigations

Sweeping solicitors’ offices and barristers’ chambers for bugging devices could become routine if the Government presses ahead with its proposals to allow the police to authorise their own surveillance operations without any exemption for legal professional privilege. Home Secretary Michael Howard is “considering his position” on the intrusive surveillance provisions after the Police Bill was […]

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