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Navigating a new reality in the client-empowered era

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 […]

Procurement and state aid update: preparing for 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 […]

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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Irish solicitors set to challenge threat to client confidentiality

Dublin solicitors are threatening to judicially review the Irish Minister of Justice, John O’Donoghue, for his “draconian” proposals that would force solicitors to report their clients for suspected criminal activity. The incoming chair of the Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association, Hugh O’Neill, said that unless the Irish Minister of Justice’s proposal to extend the law against […]

Good news for the over-worked

…but bad news for firms? Georgina Keane looks at new legislation that could end the long hours worked by lawyers. Georgina Keane is head of em-ployment at Richards Butler. From 1 October all employers, including solicitors, are under an obligation to comply with new working time regulations. Inexplicably, the regulations, issued on 30 July, only […]

Mavericks set up niche employment firm

Former Warner Cranston lawyers David Warner and Michael Jones are to set up their own niche employment firm, Jones & Warner, and aim to employ lawyers who want to work part-time and from home. Warner founded Warner Cranston, and retired in April 1997. Jones, a barrister, founded the firm’s advocacy department five years ago but […]

SFO must share delay blame

Neil Micklethwaite says attack on defence lawyers is unjust. Neil Micklethwaite is head of litigation at Dibb Lupton Alsop. The attack by Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Rosalind Wright on the delaying tactics of defence lawyers in fraud trials – reported on the City page two weeks ago in The Lawyer was unjustified and inaccurate. […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Edward George Nugee TD QC

Born in Surrey in 1928. He has been head of Wilberforce Chambers since 1976.What was your first job? After university I taught for a year at a prep school – maths, history, English, geography and Greek. If not a lawyer, what is your ideal job? I can’t think of anything more satisfying than 40 years […]

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