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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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Midlands market is ripe for rich pickings

The Midlands legal scene is acknowledged as a dog-eat-dog world. And, with 480 law firms, Birmingham eclipses provincial rivals like Leeds and Manchester. As one managing partner says: “Birmingham’s profile has risen dramatically by hosting events like the G7 summit, the Eurovision song contest and Gladiators.” Despite the region’s manufacturing industry – the traditional bread […]

Exiles seek redress from the Government

Roger Pearson reports on how the actions of the British Government 30 years ago may come back to haunt it today. The Government is facing a potentially embarrassing confrontation over human rights in the High Court with accusations that it “rode roughshod” over the rights of islanders from the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. […]

Barristers' pay is more than enough

Your article “Barristers fight solicitors for share of a shrinking market” (The Lawyer, 21 June) suggests barristers can compete effectively on price by charging a “very low rate” of #50 per hour, and that their overheads are around 25 per cent of earnings. Let’s do some calculations on this. Suppose these barristers work for 30 […]

Hugh James shuffles pack after Ford Simey merger

Welsh firm Hugh James has shuffled its senior positions following its recent merger with Exeter-based Ford Simey. Matthew Tossell has become the managing partner of Hugh James Ford Simey. He replaces Cherry Wright, who is returning to fee earning. Senior partners have not escaped the reshuffle. Two senior partners have been replaced with a single […]

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