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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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Commercial cream of the crop

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CPS union calls for Crown Court boycott

The CPS lawyers’ union has urged prosecutors with newly acquired rights of audience to boycott the Crown Courts, because of a pay dispute with the management. The CPS section of the Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA) issued the advice last week, when it accused the management of unilaterally breaking off pay talks. A […]

Child abuse aid cuts

I refer to your article “Child abuse lawyers form group to campaign against legal aid cuts” (The Lawyer, 12 May). NAPAC – the newly formed National Association for People Abused in Childhood – fully supports the formation of this group and hopes that it can co-operate with ACAL in the near future. It would also […]

The battle for supremacy

Competition between lawyers and accountants is hotting up as the Law Society of Ireland debates MDPs, says Mary Heaney Next month the Law Society of Ireland Council is set to consider the controversial subject of multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). Whatever conclusion it arrives at, the betting is that MDPs, for better or for worse, are on […]

In brief: JHC Forum system

JHC has asked us to point out that the IT system being used by Ashurst Morris Crisp is a predecessor to its Forum system, recent versions of which are millennium compliant.

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