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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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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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Redundancies hit UK’s regional property teams

Six more regional firms are making redundancies in their residential conveyancing teams as the ongoing property slump continues to impact on the legal sector. The ;majority ;of redundancies are expected to hit support staff and conveyancers, although a number of fee-earners also face job losses. EMW Law, Franklins Solicitors, Geoffrey Leaver, Matthew Arnold & Baldwin […]

Another string for Camerons’ CEE bow with CMS Moscow merger

At the end of this year, all eyes at CMS Cameron McKenna will be on Russia for what could be a defining moment in the firm’s history. CMS Moscow merger” /> At the end of this year, all eyes at CMS Cameron McKenna will be on Russia for what could be a defining moment in […]

CC targets corporate fraud with RJW ace

Clifford Chance has ramped up its white-collar crime capabilities with the hire of Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) financial fraud star Judith Seddon. The move follows the departure ;of ;RJW’s Manchester fraud head Neill Blundell, who joined Eversheds in May (The Lawyer, 6 May). Clifford Chance head of litigation Nicholas Munday said Seddon would join […]

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FFW: surprise performer

Ok, hands up. We were completely wrong last year when we recommended Field Fisher Waterhouse as a sell. Anyone holding on to imaginary shares in the London firm would have been quids in, with PEP leaping 27 per cent to over £750,000, on preliminary figures. Ok, hands up. We were completely wrong last year when […]

Northern exposure

The turbulence in the world markets over the past year has helped Northern Ireland’s new leaders determine what its economic priorities should be and what Belfast firms need to consider to remain competitive At this time a year ago it would be fair to say that the view of Belfast firms on the market in […]

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