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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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Cloisters invests in employment team

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A site for sore eyes

As businesses and individuals embrace the new economy, law firms are realising that they must promote themselves online. Mark Brandon looks at the best, the worst and the ugliest legal sites. The internet is great, isn’t it? Log on, have a surf, buy some old records that you loved in the 1980s and thought you […]

Berwin Leighton loses property partner

Berwin Leighton is losing its second property partner in as many weeks. Andrew Eastwood, a salaried partner within the commercial property department at Berwin Leighton, is leaving to set up his own property venture in Spain which he expects to open by the beginning of next year. His departure comes a week after the revelation […]

Lovells bucks slump with high-profile M&A deals

Lovells is undergoing a resurgence in its corporate practice after a slump saw the firm slide from the top 10 half-year M&A league tables. A series of high-profile transactions are pushing the firm’s corporate practice back to prominence. Head of corporate Hugh Nineham is leading the practice after the semi-retirement of his predecessor Dan Mace. […]

Criticism of Law Soc unfair

The expression on my face must have been a picture to any onlooker as I read the Perrin column (7 August) changing, as I read through, from puzzlement to incredulity to sheer hilarity. Where has Perrin been for the last three years? Does he not know that the Solicitors Complaints Bureau ceased to exist in […]

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