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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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Goldsmith Building appoints chambers director

Goldsmith Building is putting its future in the hands of a solicitor after appointing a Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partner as chambers director. Nigel Bamping, a litigation partner at Barlow Lyde, is leaving after 20 years to join the set on 17 April. His appointment follows the departure of Goldsmith’s highly-respected senior clerk Edith Robertson, […]

KPMG expands worldwide network with NZ alliance

Accountancy giant KPMG is merging with New Zealand law firm Kensington Swan as it begins integrating its fragmented global network. The merger with the 43-partner New Zealand commercial firm – which has offices in Auckland and Wellington – was approved last week and will take place on 1 July. As part of the deal, Kensington […]

City firms advise on water deal

City firms Sinclair Roche & Temperley and CMS Cameron McKenna have completed the first stage of one of the world’s biggest water projects – advising the Municipality of Bucharest on a billion-dollar investment. The firms are advising the International Finance Consortium and the municipality on a project to supply water and sewerage services to 2.2 […]

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Simmons & Simmons advised United Arab Emirates Offsets Group (UOG) on a strategic partnership with oil companies Enron and Elf for the implementation of UOG’s Dolfin Initiative. Simmons head of corporate and energy Jerry Walter led a team of nine on the deal. Enron was advised by Vinson & Elkins. Elf was advised in-house and […]

Perrin’s View

The news that Hammond Suddards is to spend £1m through Team Saatchi to develop its image will no doubt be viewed as yet another giant evolutionary leap for lawyerkind. After all, spending a million notes on a marketing campaign is not something you see every day in this business. Judging from the preview, the campaign […]

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