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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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Financial advisers agree to refer conveyancing clients

More than 2,000 independent financial adviser are to refer clients wanting conveyancing services to one of 170 law firms following a deal struck between IFA Portfolio and Legal Marketing Services (LMS). Under the IFA Portfolio agreement, members will offer clients a fixed-fee conveyancing service at any one of LMS’s 350 member companies in the UK. […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 29/7/97

George William Joseph Bridge, 62, admitted 1969, practising at material times as GW Bridge & Co, London SW3, fined £5,000. Allegations substantiated he made false and misleading statements in correspondence with the Citizens Advice Bureau. Bridge previously before the tribunal in 1970 when he was struck off after convictions for dishonesty. He was restored in […]

Manches takes over Oxford firm

City firm Manches & Co has taken on five of the seven partners and all four assistants of 224-year-old Oxford firm Morrell Peel & Gamlen, nearly doubling the size of its Oxford office. The two remaining Morrell partners – private client lawyer Nigel Roots and property lawyer Richard Bell – are to join Boodle Hatfield’s […]

In brief: Walker-Arnott re-elected at Herbert Smith

Edward Walker-Arnott has been re-elected senior partner of Herbert Smith in an uncontested election. First appointed senior partner in May 1992, he will remain in the post until April 2000. “It is a great honour to be able to lead Herbert Smith into the new millennium,” he said. “We are excellently placed to take advantage […]

Ministry of Justice back on the cards

The Government is revisiting Labour’s historic pledge to establish a Ministry of Justice. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, is understood to be looking at the possibility of establishing a new ministry with responsibility for all aspects of the legal system. And a source close to the Lord Chancellor has said such a […]

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