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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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In brief: Addleshaw Booth & Co opens for business

Newly-merged firm Addleshaw Booth & Co has opened in Leeds and Manchester this week to serve “business right across the North”. The merger between Addleshaw Sons & Latham, based in Manchester, and Booth & Co, based in Leeds, officially started on the first of February, forming a 97-partner firm which retains both regional offices. David […]

SIF faces calls for independent probe

MEMBERS of the Law Society’s ruling council have demanded an independent inquiry into the circumstances behind the Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s shock announcement of a £248m shortfall in contributions. Concern has also been expressed at the manner of last month’s announcement by the SIF that law firms faced a possible 30 per cent hike in their […]

The Texan giant's first brush with trouble

THE controversial £25m computerisation of the courts ran into its first difficulties last week when the first phase of the project was delayed by what the contractors described as a “minor blip”. Any company installing such a large system is likely to encounter problems, but the “blip” will provide ammunition for critics of the scheme. […]

Simmons primes Far Eastern arm with new managing role

Simmons & Simmons is pulling together its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in readiness for the handover of the colony in July by creating a post of China managing partner. The post will be filled by Huen Wong who has been with Simmons since 1988. He established the firm’s Shanghai office, where he has been […]

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