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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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Fear not, the road to change is safe

The independent bar in New Zealand is thriving – proof that chambers there will survive, argues Andrew Ayres. The future of the Bar has never been more uncertain than now. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has promised to make inroads into the Bar’s monopoly on rights of audience in the higher courts, and the joint […]

Holiday crash claim

Holiday company, Inspirations East, of Isleworth, Middlesex, faces a major damages claim by the victims of a road crash in Kenya two years ago. The crash happened while the claimants were travelling to Mombasa airport. They claim the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the company’s driver.

Ownership case knows no boundaries

Roger Pearson reports on the 11-year war waged between two landowners over boundary lines and ownership of a hedge. It may only be a humble ditch separating two fields in Staffordshire, but when the hedge that went with it was grubbed out and replaced with a wooden post and wire fence the law books came […]

Breaking down the barriers

The harmonisation of insolvency laws across Europe remains uncertain, write Howard Morris and Katharine Theobald. Howard Morris is a partner and Katharine Theobald a solicitor at Denton Hall. The idea of a European Convention on Insolvency Proceedings to harmonise substantive insolvency laws across Europe was first explored in 1960. On 23 November 1995, the convention […]

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