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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 […]

Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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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EU accession co-op plans expansion

Polish firm Wardynski & Partners, the Czech Republic’s Kocian Solc Balastik and Cechova Rakovsky from the Slovak Republic have initiated ambitious plans to expand their international alliance following the launch of a Brussels office. The three firms have implemented a cooperation agreement and last week opened the Central European Law Offices, their joint office in […]

Kennedys wins Lawrence Graham chief

Lawrence Graham’s head of construction Alan Hart has moved to Kennedys. Hart said he left Lawrence Graham to look for new challenges. Kennedys has also made construction lawyer Sushma MacGeoch a partner in the group. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 20 May

Stamford Law Corp opens in China

Stamford Law Corporation is launching in Beijing and Guangzhou, following a bulk hire of Chinese specialist lawyers from rival Singapore firm Colin Ng & Partners. Tan Chong Huat, who leads the team, will join Stamford as a director (the equivalent of a partner) and is bringing with him around six other lawyers. They will all […]

DLA storms ahead in Asia with J Koh takeover

DLA is continuing its drive into Asia after striking a deal to take over Singapore firm J Koh & Co.The corporate and commercial practice, which has been part of the DLA Group, an exclusive association of law firms, since 2000, will see its seven Singapore-based lawyers transfer to DLA’s local office. In Thailand the Bangkok […]

Watson Farley lures two from Weil Gotshal, Paris

Watson Farley & Williams Paris has hired with two partners, Gilles Cervoni and Lucien Rapp, from the new Paris office of Weil Gotshal & Manges. The departures come only five months after Weil Gotshal merged with Serra Leavy & Cazals, where Cervoni and Rapp were both partners. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, 19 May

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