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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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City firms to help war torn countries

Chair of the business law section J William Rowley QC made the announcement at the opening ceremony, saying that the contribution is inline with the interests of the group. He says: “Investment will not come without protection.” The consortium was the brainchild of the IBA’s new executive director, Mark Ellis, three years ago and will […]

DLA applies to practise in Shanghai

DLA is applying for a licence to open an office in Shanghai, following its merger with Hong Kong firm Lui & Carey Dibbs at the end of last year. “While Hong Kong is an international centre, it is now part of China,” says DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles. “Shanghai is the domestic centre, and we […]

Dewey Ballantine launches Silicon Valley M&A office

Dewey Ballantine is opening an office in Silicon Valley, becoming the latest New York firm to take on the burgeoning technology market. The firm follows Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell and Shearman & Sterling into competition with the local high-tech specialist players. Dewey Ballantine will relocate capital markets and M&A partner Robert Smith […]

Lagerlöf partners quit pre Linklaters merger

Swedish firm Lagerlöf & Leman has lost half of its Gothenburg partners following a dispute about the proposed merger with Linklaters & Alliance. The departures mean the firm will drop its bankruptcy practice to fit in with Linklaters’ core business. Senior partners Tomas Setterberg, Johan Wilterns and Anders Bengtsson are quitting for Swedish practice Setterwalls […]

City firms work on death row case

Simons Muirhead & Burton, SJ Berwin, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Kingsley Napley each advised one of six convicted murderers in the case heard in London by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. As the final court of appeal for a number of Commonwealth countries, the Privy Council ruled on Tuesday […]

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