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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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Freshfields fights to maintain US securities team

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The Lawyer Inquiry: Barbara Cahalane

Barbara Cahalane was born in Dublin in 1959. She is a qualified barrister and director of communications at the Law Society. What was your first job? Peeling hard boiled potatoes for potato salad in a restaurant in Bad St Peter Ording, Germany. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I studied at night […]

Book of the week

Mad Frank and friends By Frankie Fraser with James Morton. When he is not editing the New Law Journal, James Morton writes books. This one, written in collaboration with celebrity ex-gangster Frankie Fraser, charts his relationships with his many friends and enemies.

Irvine provides surprise reform U-turn

THE Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, delighted the profession last week by finally admitting the folly of his plans to withdraw legal aid from personal injury cases this year. In a retreat from the original reform timetable, Lord Irvine said that the legal aid system would remain intact until October 1999 at least. Withdrawal of legal […]

PI lawyers celebrate landmark Lords ruling

PLAINTIFF personal injury lawyers have hailed last week’s landmark House of Lords ruling on the compensation of accident victims as a vindication of a 30-year campaign for a change in the law. Five Law Lords overruled the Court of Appeal and unanimously ruled that lump sum payments to accident victims for future losses should be […]

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