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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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Clarke Willmott reviews strategy as Sedgwick retains helm

Clarke Willmott has turned its focus to an extensive strategy review following the re-election of managing partner David Sedgwick for a third successive term this morning (6 October). The Bristol-based firm’s 65-strong partnership will spend the weekend (6-7 October) hammering out its ambitious plans for growth as part of its annual partnership meeting. Sedgwick commented: […]

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Spotted in SW1: DLA Piper‘s chief executive Nigel Knowles surreptitiously handing a package to new Mourant counterpart Stephen Ball. What could it possibly be, Tulkinghorn wondered. Nigel’s instructions on how to achieve world domination? Surely Mourant isn’t about to embark on a similar growth strategy. Apparently the book is entitled Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement […]

OFT director Priddis quits for Freshfields

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bolstered its London competition practice with the star hire of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) senior director Simon Priddis. Priddis will join Freshfields’ competition practice as a partner in January 2007. His five-year tenure at the OFT included a term as head of the mergers branch where most notably he […]

Osborne Clarke raids Clarke Willmott again

Osborne Clarke has raided Clarke Willmott for its fourth property partner in a week, bagging head of strategic land development Elizabeth Sturgess. Sturgess joins the rival Bristol-based firm just three months after moving across from an in-house role as head of the legal team at developer Westbury Homes. She follows the defection last week of […]

LFEPA recruiting for new legal role

The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which is responsible for the London Fire Brigade, is looking for its first head of legal and democratic services, following a shake-up of its internal legal function. The new role is a merger of the authority’s previously separate head of legal and head of democratic services positions, […]

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