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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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Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy partners Jane Templeton Knight and Mark Frewin are understood to be leaving the US firm for Virginia-based practice Hunton & Williams. It is believed that they are the first UK partners to join Hunton & Williams’ London office which opened in March last year. Ince & Co has named a […]

Lovells in German expansion

Lovells is showing its commitment to its European offices with the appointment of eight new partners to its German offices. The promotions come after the firm’s merger with Boesebeck Droste, which was first announced in July and officially completed at the beginning of the year. While the merger has been ultimately successful, there has been […]

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With an increase in consumer awareness and new competition from the dotcoms, the retail market is undergoing a period of change. Abigail Townsend and Claire Smith report on a sector which needs to trust its law firms. The retail sector has undergone some dramatic changes in recent years. Consumers have become increasingly aware of the […]

Norton Rose latest firm to boost wages

Norton Rose is hiking its salaries for newly qualified lawyers in line with pay increases at Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance. This comes two weeks after fellow City firm Ashurst Morris Crisp said that it would raise the salaries of its juniors. The trend began earlier this year when SJ Berwin raised assistant salaries, […]

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