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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 paradigm of legal redress in action is the trial. A hearing, live witnesses, cross-examination, wigs, gowns, all the trimmings. A full trial. Full trials are, however, expensive, time-consuming and often unnecessary. Quite apart from pre-trial settlement, many claims are judged summarily without a trial or even struck out. However, Article 6 of the European […]

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Simon Allport, a partner in the corporate department at Gouldens, spent two years on secondment as an assistant secretary at the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers between 1994 and 1996. “The opportunity for my secondment came up when I was roughly three years qualified and, at that time, it involved the usual diet of general […]

CC partner joins A&O to head Madrid

Allen & Overy is taking on a corporate finance partner from Clifford Chance as it continues its pan-European strategy of broadening its banking and finance practice. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana, who has been a partner at Clifford Chance for the past six years, will become joint managing partner of Allen & Overy’s Madrid office at the beginning […]

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CWC in treble debt recovery win

South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke (CWC) has scooped three new contracts for debt recovery work. NatWest Bank, RAC and Mobil Gas Marketing UK, part of the Exxon group, have each appointed the firm to carry out their debt recovery work. Based at Bridgwater in Somerset, CWC’s debt recovery unit has doubled in size […]

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