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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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Halliwells hires two to replace partner losses

Halliwell Landau is losing a further two partners but is taking on two lawyers to bolster its insolvency practice. Paul Conroy, a property partner who has been with Halliwells for four years, is leaving to join Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Manchester office, just 18 months after being made up to partner. While Andrew Livesey, a […]

NTL/Travers Smith Braithwaite: Best business buddies

Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite Travers Smith Braithwaite and NTL Pinsent Curtis and the Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF now defunct) Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Daily Mail & General Trust Memery Crystal and corporate finance house Seymour Pierce Simmons & Simmons and Railtrack Lee Crowder and 3i (relationship now defunct) Denton Wilde Sapte and NatWest Clifford Chance and […]

Technology venture capital

Technology venture capital specialist Elderstreet Investments sells 82 per cent of its share capital to Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Private Equity. Elderstreet represented by CMS Cameron McKenna (David Bresnick). Dresdner advised by SJ Berwin (Blair Thompson).

Second Big Canadian Merger In Two Days Announced

The announcement comes just two days after Gowling Strathy & Henderson joined with Code Hunter to form the second largest law firm in Canada. The latest merger between Fasken Campbell Godfrey and Martineau Walker which takes affect from February 2000, will create a 368-lawyer practice – renamed Fasken Martineau – with offices in London, Toronto, […]

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