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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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Asylum seeker gains Lords appeal plea

Roger Pearson reports on a Libyan man’s ongoing battle to seek asylum and rights to social security benefits in the UK. The rights of asylum seekers to social security are to come under House of Lords scrutiny in a pending appeal involving a Libyan man. Fathi Saleh Salem arrived at Heathrow on 17 April 1997 […]

LAG warning on back door legal aid cuts

The Legal Action Group (LAG) has warned the Government not to use its rights of audience proposals to cut legal aid via the back door. The group has joined the Law Society in welcoming the proposals in its response to the Government’s consultation paper. But Vicki Chapman, head of policy, said the Government should ensure […]

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David Wright of Nabarro Nathanson advised Swedish property company LE Lundbergforetagen on its £22m sale of Crown House, 51 Aldwych, London to a private German investor, advised by Geoffrey Bailey of Linklaters.

Law Society hoping for 'triumph not debacle' over indemnity fund

While it may be very exciting to portray the debate about the future of SIF as a battle between the Law Society and City firms – Law Soc surrenders over SIF (14 September) – the truth is far less entertaining. The Law Society is open-minded about the future of professional indemnity pending the outcome of […]

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