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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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President furious over Gazette story

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Moving the goalposts:The City Firm

Over the past five years there has been a noticeable shift in emphasis within the finance departments of law firms. During the 1980s firms were profitable, instructions were plentiful and the average firm operated with sizeable levels of work-in-progress (WIP) – a protective layer of “fat” which could be utilised in a poor year. Consequently, […]

Firms hold urban double bill

TWO top law firms have played key roles in generating discussion between the public and private sectors on initiatives which would rejuvenate blighted and derelict land. The City’s Denton Hall and national practice Eversheds were behind conferences which examined urban renewal schemes and initiatives for developing contaminated land. Both the events this month brought together […]

Nick Rose thinks the Trade Marks Act 1994 is unclear. BYLN:

Nick Rose is a partner in the IP/IT department at Field Fisher Waterhouse. The recent decision in the Wagamama v City Centre Restaurants case (unreported) has highlighted the difficulties IP litigators face in predicting how the courts will interpret parts of the Trade Marks Act 1994 which came into force on 1 October 1994. Section […]

Owen wins Bar Council election

ROBERT Owen QC has been elected to the vice-chairmanship of the Bar Council, beating Hilary Heilbron QC and Rodney Klevan QC to the post. Owen, the current professional standards chair, will take over from David Penry-Davy QC in January when Penry-Davy assumes the chairmanship. Heilbron, who was unavailable for comment, has now been rejected by […]

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