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Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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“You cannot ignore Australia,” said DLA Piper’s very own Captain Cook Nigel Knowles, pointing informatively at a massive map of the southern hemisphere on the wall behind him. Sir Nige has shown that the thoughts of the DLA partners don’t necessarily loom quite so large in the imagination. The firm is due to vote on […]

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Revealed: the gender pay gulf dividing UAE counsel

Gulf-based male in-house lawyers can earn twice as much as their female counterparts, with top-earning men pocketing as much as £34,000 each month, according to a recent survey conducted by Elizabeth Williams Search. Top-end remuneration packages for male counsel with 12-15 years’ PQE in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is up to UAED200,000 (£34,080) per […]

Clifford Chance boosts NQ retention rate to 91 per cent

Clifford Chance’s has achieved a dramatic turnaround in the retention of newly qualified (NQ) solicitors, with the firm posting a spring qualifier retention rate of 91 per cent. The magic circle firm confirmed that 52 out of the 57 trainees who are due to qualify in March. This is a significant boost from last spring’s […]

Top Scottish QC joins Blackstone

Scotland’s leading barrister Richard Keen QC is set to take up membership with Blackstone Chambers. As dean of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland, Keen effectively heads the Scottish bar. He has been involved in some of the UK’s top cases, including successfully defending Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, who was accused of orchestrating the Lockerbie […]

K&L Gates promotes one City lawyer in 44-strong round

K&L Gates has underlined its global coverage by naming 44 new partners across three continents in this year’s partnership promotions round. The Pittsburgh-headquartered firm’s newly promoted lawyers will join the partnership on 1 March. The majority – 37 – are based in the US with the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington DC offices scoring six new […]

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