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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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World Wide Web nets legal journal

Simon Rogers Legal academics worldwide could have free access to a new UK legal journal through their PCs if funding is forthcoming. The service, which will be provided by lawyers at Newcastle University, will run over the World Wide Web – a sub-set of the Internet. Newcastle Law School Lecturer Bruce Grant, who has set […]

Don't sell yourself short

The legal profession has come rather late to the marketing party, but it’s catching up quickly, as Robert Grey discovers Lawyers have only recently embraced marketing. The profession has lagged behind others – in part because of historical restrictions on advertising – at a time when the need to promote and position your firm in […]

Flotation

Games Workshop Group was advised by Booth & Co on its flotation, with backers Bank of Boston, NatWest Ventures, Charterhouse Development Capital and ECI advised by Gouldens. Financial adviser Samuel Montagu was advised by McKenna & Co.

Withers in PDGB Paris link

LONDON FIRM Withers is linking its Paris office with 20-strong French practice PDGB. The two firms will move to new premises in mid-December. London-based business development partner, Andrew Gerry, says the move will strengthen Withers’ French practice, which centres around its commercial and maritime work. He says there are no plans for a merger between […]

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