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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 […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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Legal & General in review of its UK external advisers

Legal & General (L&G) is in the throes of a full-scale review of its UK law firm panel. Group head of legal Geoffrey Timms is overseeing the review, with firms already invited to pitch. It is understood that the review will encompass all areas of legal advice, including real estate, corporate and regulatory. Timms confirmed […]

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Penningtons is advising the President of Equatorial Guinea on a civil action arising from an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the government of the oil-rich African state. Paris-based partner Henry Page is leading the firm’s team, which has lodged a statement of claim in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court against former SAS soldier […]

UK government attempts to avoid impact of EU on employment legislation fail

An EU law expert will next week tell trade unions that the government’s attempts to avoid the effect of the European constitution on employment legislation have failed. Professor Brian Bercusson, who lectures in European social and labour law at King’s College London, has prepared a report for the TUC on the potential effects of the […]

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Simmons & Simmons has acted on a major instruction for Qatar Telecom (Qtel) for the first time since the firm’s arrival in Doha one year ago. It advised the public company, which is listed on the UK Stock Exchange, in its successful joint bid for a mobile phone licence in Oman. Charles Pollock, head of […]

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