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The basics and challenges of legal holds

The proper execution and management of legal holds have long been considered a critical aspect of legal work, and the compliance protocols and strategies deployed by legal teams can significantly impact the final outcome of litigation. But as legal work has evolved over the years and shifted to the crowded and complicated world of electronically stored information, the margin for error in the process has only increased.

Will valuers become the superheroes of the future?

Considerations around sustainability are increasingly driving tenant, owner and investor behaviour, and are also beginning to impact the way that commercial buildings are being valued. But sustainability is just one of the components that valuers need to consider when calculating the potential rent and yield of a property. So, how can we accurately quantify the value of green assets, especially in relation to other kinds of assets?

The choice of forum: a local court or international arbitration?

Due to the independence of the judiciary in each country or region, an award or a judgment rendered in one jurisdiction does not necessarily mean that it can be naturally enforced in other jurisdictions. Therefore, when choosing a dispute resolution forum, the very first consideration should be whether the award or judgment made by this forum can be enforced in the jurisdiction where the parties’ property is located.

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Co-operative Bank launches 11-firm inaugural panel

The Co-operative Bank has launched its first legal panel since its split from parent company the Co-Op Group in 2013, appointing 11 firms to the roster. The panel will sit for three years and was selected to “meet the bank’s needs for full UK coverage, its commercial objectives, demonstrating industry leading best practice and a […]

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Revenue growth gathers pace at PwC Legal as turnover hits £41m

PwC Legal, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ law firm, has pushed up revenue by 15 per cent in the last year with turnover of £41m for the financial year ending 30 June 2015. Growth has accelerated at the firm after it was granted an ABS licence in January 2014. Turnover for the financial year ending 30 June 2014 stood […]

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Pitmans adds £1m to top line with Calverts tie-up

Pitmans has acquired City-based Calverts Solicitors, adding £1m to its top line and taking headcount to over 250. Calverts’ three partners, four consultants and a trainee all moved into Pitmans’ London office on Thursday (1 October), with support staff expected to move over in the coming weeks.    Pitmans’ managing partner John Hutchinson told The […]

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Jenner & Block picks up White & Case partner as first lateral in the UK

Jenner & Block has hired White & Case partner Charlie Lightfoot as its first lateral hire in London after launching an office earlier this year. Lightfoot’s hire is part of the firm’s strategy to grow its litigation and arbitration practices. He has joined the firm after 16 years at White & Case, where he started […]

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