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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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Ashurst in bid for hedge funds

Ashurst is set to target activist hedge funds in a move it hopes will give it first-mover advantage in the evolving M&A landscape. Ashurst’s new strategy sets it apart from other City firms, which have been wary of activist hedge funds because of the potential for conflicts of interest. Ashurst head of corporate Adrian Clark […]

DWS, Norton Rose, Trowers scoop first procurement pack model PFI

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS), Norton Rose and Trowers & Hamlins have all landed key roles advising on a £250m South London PFI project. Trowers advised the London Borough of Lewisham on the refurbishment and maintenance of 1,900 homes in Brockley, South London. Norton Rose advised financing bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), while DWS was […]

Bracewell shows it allegiance to London

One false start and one soft opening aside, the bunting is now well and truly ready to be hung outside the London office of Bracewell & Giuliani. The firm of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani has made some improvements on its set-up of two months ago, when a first-year associate freshly transplanted from Dewey Ballantine […]

Correction

On 14 May , The Lawyer reported that claimants’ solicitors had received around £800m from the Government for miners’ compensation scheme work. That figure referred to costs for the 30 firms that had reaped the most from the scheme. The total figure now exceeds £1bn. The article also stated that 200,000 claims are waiting to […]

DLA Piper widens North-South divide with salary revamp

DLA Piper is the latest firm to announce newly qualified (NQ) salary increases, with associates in Scotland receiving a whopping 90 per cent less than their City counterparts. London NQs are now on a salary of £63,000, a rise of 19 per cent on the £53,000 they received last year. In the firm’s Birmingham, Leeds, […]

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