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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is senior partner at leading insurance litigation practice Berrymans. Born in Hackney, East London, in 1946, he now lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. What was your first job? Student postman in Featherbed Lane, Croydon. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u12 per week plus 15 shillings per week luncheon vouchers. […]

Stevens aims to grow

SURREY firm Stevens & Bolton has appointed a new managing partner to mastermind the firm’s development. Commercial property partner Michael Laver says the firm, with offices in Guildford and Farnham, is poised to expand. “We saw the need for commercial expertise earlier than other provincial firms in time to benefit from the boom years at […]

Easy in, easy out

Melanie Oley on the considerable benefits of single currency funds With the low level of interest currently being offered on deposits by banks and building societies, savers may well be looking for a better rate of return on their deposits. Money funds or single currency funds are often able to provide this return without the […]

Free IT reviews

Andover-based IT consultants Chatsfield Technologies is offering free assessments of law firms’ IT requirements. “We are aiming to perform at least 40 free reviews in the first six months of 1995.” The consultancy has just advised on a system for the Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators.

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