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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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SJ Berwin breaks into Italy with double office opening

SJ Berwin has confirmed its launch into the Italian market with the hire of private equity and acquisition finance heavyweight Alberto Morano and a team of three partners. As exclusively revealed on www.thelawyer.com (1 December), Morano will head the silver circle firm’s Italian operations, which will be launched officially today (5 December) with offices in […]

Firm profile: Matthew Arnold & Baldwin

Joint managing partners: Iain Donaldson and Steven Mills Turnover: £11.5m Total number of partners: 22 Total number of fee-earners: 90 Main practice areas: Commercial litigation, banking, commercial property, corporate and commercial, residential property, tax, trusts and probate Key clients: Barclays, Europcar, Nissan, Hilton International, AIB, Baker Tilly, Computacenter Number of offices: Two Location: Watford and […]

Tax is the way to relax

Overheard, one not-at-all jealous partner talking about his tax counterparts: “And they all retire at 43 because they know how to put their money to use.”

Weil boosts Paris finance with senior A&O hire

Allen & Overy (A&O) is losing its Paris leveraged finance head Jonathan Nabarro to Weil Gotshal & Manges. Nabarro, who joined A&O in May 2004 from Ashurst, is to jointly head up Weil’s French banking and finance practice alongside Emmanuel Ringeval. He advises on a wide range of finance work including asset, structured and project […]

The sweetest feeling

Following the recent diary story of the Addleshaws partner turned gin importer (7 November) comes this sweet story of two more City exiles. Former Lawrence Graham assistants Helen and Simon Pattinson set up their chox business, Montezuma’s Chocolates, five years ago. Last month, on 15 November, they returned to the City to open up their […]

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