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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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SCOTLAND’S public prosecuting authority – the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service – has awarded a £1m contract to international IT group Bull Information Systems to overhaul its hardware. Bull fought off competition from computer giant IBM, the existing Crown Office supplier, to secure the contract to provide replacement Unix systems. The five-year deal will […]

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Field to visit Sierra Leone as IBA rep

London barrister Rory Field has joined the United Nations monitoring team that is travelling to Sierra Leone to witness the trials of 58 people charged with offences allegedly committed during the 10 month coup by the junta that ended in February. Field will act as the International Bar Association representative.

Silverbeck Rymer defection

Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer has lost its entire company and commercial department just two years after plans to expand the practice. Three partners, all of whom joined the firm within the last 24 months – Clive Mackintosh, John Shield and Howard Jones – quit the firm last month to set up a new firm, JST […]

A phoney war or a bitter fight to the death?

Solicitors are celebrating the promised relaxation of rights of audience restrictions. Shaun Pye assesses the threat posed to the Bar The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s consultation paper on rights of audience contains little comfort for the Bar. In one telling passage, the government claims that its reforms will not hurt the Bar before adding, just […]

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