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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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Chicago’s influx of national firms puts the wind up locals

Another week, another shake-up of the legal market in Chicago. In the past six weeks, two national firms have moved in to the Windy City, while local players have felt the squeeze. First came Reed Smith‘s announcement that it would launch in Chicago by coupling with local firm Sachnoff & Weaver. Then, on 27 November, […]

Brick Court boosts arbitration with Littleton hire

Brick Court Chambers has strengthened its arbitration capabilities with the hire of door tenant Klaus Reichert. Reichert, who also practises as a barrister in Dublin, moves to Brick Court from Littleton Chambers where he was also a door tenant. He spends the bulk of his time sitting as an arbitrator, covering areas including bilateral investment […]

Bar Standards Board fixes three-year independence strategy

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) today (Thursday 30 November) set out its stall for the next three years, outlining a strategy designed to protect the independence of the barristers’ profession. The regulator has identified five objectives on which to focus between 2007 and 2010, including protecting consumers, access to justice, independent regulation, promoting excellence, and […]

BPI pushes government to ignore Gowers Review

The Gowers Review into the UK’s intellectual property framework was published today (6 December) and has concluded that the copyright period on sound recordings should not be extended from the current 50 years. The UK recording industry, headed by the BPI, has been lobbying the UK Government to support the extension of the term of […]

LeBoeuf raids Freshfields’ Paris office

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s Paris office lost its second partner to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae last week as the magic circle firm’s former Paris head Yves Huyghé de Mahenge left for the US firm. De Mahenge, who also founded Freshfields’ Italian office, had only become a consultant at Freshfields on 1 November to take advantage […]

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