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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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Lord Irvine is provoking human rights organisation Justice by insisting on sitting as a judge in the House of Lords in an employment law tribunal appeal. Lord Irvine is steadfastly ignoring calls to step down from the case. Critics claim every House of Lords case has some political relevance and say Lord Irvine faces a […]

World Bank legal dept faces corporate claim

The World Bank is facing its first-ever corporate claim over allegations that its legal department failed to carry out its functions properly. The Bank is accused of assisting in the expropriation of diamond mining rights by the government of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. Several Lesotho companies, led by Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty), […]

City firms look to Libya as UN halts sanctions

City firms are eyeing Libya as a new target for offices after the suspension of UN sanctions following the handover of the Lockerbie bombing suspects. Gareth Driver, a partner at South African firm Werksmans, says: “Libya is going to become of interest. But it is only this week [that the lifting of UN sanctions has […]

Cloisters Chambers in management review

Cloisters Chambers, a major employment set with 43 tenants, is understood to be appointing a management consultant to review the way that it is run. The situation of Cloisters senior clerk Michael Martin, who has been absent from chambers for some time, remains unresolved. He is currently on extended leave and is taking legal advice. […]

McGrigor Donald plans UK growth

Scotland’s largest law firm, McGrigor Donald, is on an expansion drive with joint ventures planned for the US and new offices being considered in both England and Scotland. The 55-partner firm says it has rejected several merger offers from Dibb Lupton Alsop and is planning to expand alone, its managing partner reveals. The firm is […]

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