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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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Fountain court bags top QC in recruitment drive

THE PREMIER commercial set Fountain Court has departed from its policy of nurturing its own talent to hire five tenants from three rival sets including leading aviation silk Michael Crane of 5 Bell Yard. Crane’s decision to move to Fountain Court to bolster its aviation practice along with junior Akhil Shah stunned his old chambers, […]

In brief: Linklaters gains Shanghai licence for office

Linklaters has been granted a licence for its so far unofficial Shanghai office. The firm’s Hong Kong partner Andrew Carmichael said: “Having a legitimate office on the ground is a great help during negotiations on deals. Clients know people are actually there and can officially do things.” The Chinese government’s granting of a further batch […]

Bevan Ashford expands its City capacity

South-west firm Bevan Ashford is to beef up its London office as part of a new strategy to create a full-service practice in the capital. In November last year, the firm lost local government partner Malcolm Iley, who had manned the London office several days a week. The firm is sending Bristol-based employment partner David […]

Shoosmiths joins mortgage giant

Shoosmiths & Harrison has broken new legal ground by joining with Barclays Mortgages to pilot a new conveyancing service for home buyers. For months, title insurers and solicitors’ organisations such as Solicitors Property Centres have been trying to get lending institutions to enter joint ventures. But Shoosmiths appears to have beaten them by being the […]

In brief: Olswang appoints ex-Denton Hall specialist

Olswang has hired planning law specialist and former Denton Hall managing partner Geoffrey Searle to head its planning team. Searle, who was managing partner at Denton Hall between 1988 and 1992, left the firm to persue a solo career as a sole practitioner. He said that Olswang would provide the back-up that he had lacked […]

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