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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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Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted at leslie.perrin@osborneclarke.com Let me take you to a far-off land and time – a land and time where law firms and clients have discovered a new kind of relationship. I want you to imagine that you are a business in this far-off land […]

Fried Frank forms link-up with Canadian practice

New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is forming an alliance with Canada’s biggest law firm McCarthy Tetrault. The cross-border link-up is the first between two top-tier North American practices, according to the firms, and will concentrate on capital markets, corporate finance and M&A transactions. The alliance is not a first step towards […]

White & Case nabs partner for Tokyo

White & Case in Tokyo has recruited a partner from Washington DC law firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn. Hendrik Gordenker specialises in corporate and commercial deals for Japanese companies doing transactions abroad and non-domestic businesses setting up deals in Japan. He also works on energy project development and financing. His clients include Japanese […]

Healthcare giant Setons shakes up legal provision

Healthcare giant Seton Scholl International (SSL) is set to radically shake up its legal provision. Jonathan Jowett, company secretary and legal director, says that in the next 18 months the company will create an international panel as well as boosting its in-house provision. Beauty parades and pitches will be ditched in favour of meeting firms […]

Heather Baucher reports on the Court of Appeal's decision to review non-pecuniary damages in personal injury cases. Heather Baucher is a partner at Hill Dickinson.

In a unanimous judgment the Court of Appeal has reviewed general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Included in the Law Commission report number 257 was a recommendation that the level of damages for non-pecuniary loss in personal injury cases should be increased. The commission had recommended that there be an increase of […]

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