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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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The young guns

Laurence Rabinowitz, One Essex Court South African Laurence Rabinowitz is hugely influential, accruing by far the most votes in a recent survey undertaken by The Lawyer. Law firms and chambers alike say it was amiss of the Lord Chancellor not to select him for this year’s silk appointments. Paula Hodges, commercial litigation partner at Herbert […]

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Brick Court Chambers has announced that Lord Cooke of Thorndon is to restart a door tenancy at the set. Lord Cooke will specialise in arbitration and mediation work from 4 June after his retirement as a Law Lord. He follows Sir Oliver Popplewell and Sir Robert Gatehouse, both retired members of the judiciary who now […]

What's in a name?

Bonaparte was wrong. Britain is not a nation of shopkeepers – it is a nation of franchisers. In 2000, the estimated annual turnover of the business format franchise sector in the UK was £9.3bn – up from £0.9bn in 1984 – and with an average turnover per franchised unit of £289,000. Not bad for a […]

Money laundering puts City firms on defensive

Five major firms call on Deloittes’anti-fraud; Linklaters steps up global compliance operation Five top 30 law firms have called in Deloitte & Touche’s anti-fraud team because of mounting concerns that money launderers are targeting their lawyers. Deloittes’ head of fraud management Mark Tantam says his team was called in because the firms “had a problem […]

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