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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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Personal injury law firm network to launch in London

A new network of London firms is being launched to give personal injury advice across the capital. London Accident Link intends to provide local expertise to accident victims. By calling a freephone number they will be directed to a local lawyer drawn from 24 London firms who can offer advice and help in pursuing a […]

Quadrant Chambers hires DWS aviation expert

Quadrant Chambers is continuing its hiring spree after recruiting a former corporate partner from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Hugh O’Donovan is joining the set after 13 years at DWS, where he was a member of the firm’s aviation practice specialising in the growing area of airline regulatory and competition work. His clients include easyJet and […]

Food for thought

The ECHR is set to decide whether multinationals should be able to sue individuals for libel. Jon Robins reports on how the McLibel case could change the rules of the game “Obviously, McDonald’s was beaten at the trial both in terms of publicity and the facts that emerged about their business methods,” reckons Dave Morris, […]

Balfour & Manson hooks up with GW Tait

Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with GW Tait & Sons. The move will see two GW Tait partners, George Tait and Allen Kerr, join the partnership, along with three associates and the majority of the firm’s staff. The 18-partner firm has expanded significantly this year with the […]

Finding fault

Amid fears of the onset of a US-style compensation culture, Australia’s Ipp Review has recommended a crackdown on payouts. Jon Robins reports Insurance premiums rocketing; politicians denouncing the arrival of a US-style ‘compensation culture’; journalists decrying ambulance-chasing lawyers: it all sounds frighteningly familiar, doesn’t it? While Australian headlines uncannily echo our own, their news reports […]

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