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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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Is it “no win, no win' for barristers?

Is it true that only high risk work will be left for barristers as solicitors retain all the “dead certs’, or is it just paranoia? asks Shaun Pye. If you want to know how conditional fees will affect solicitors, you can read last year’s Policy Studies Institute report into how law firms are conducting “no […]

Number crunchers create new opportunities

Jonathan Seitler and Michael Tennet examine the developing trends in professional negligence and ask where the future work is coming from. Jonathan Seitler and Michael Tennet are barristers at Wilberforce Chambers. Professional indemnity lawyers have prospered from the boom in claims by lenders against solicitors and valuers. Property finance negligence litigation, however, arose out of […]

Finding courtship out of court

Linda Tsang says that despite hectic lifestyles and busy schedules, it is not impossible for a lawyer to find a partner. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young lawyer in possession of a desirable salary, flat and car is in need of a partner, and that does […]

In brief: Austin Mitchell to call for Ministry of Justice

Labour MP Austin Mitchell is to present a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons calling for the creation of a Ministry of Justice, a salaried legal service and a modernised judiciary. Ten Minute Rule Bills allow backbenchers to initiative debates in parliament. Mitchell’s call for a ministry of justice whose leader would […]

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