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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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Denton Hall extends European network with Swedish alliance

Denton Hall has brought Swedish firm Wistrand into its international alliance – a further sign that northern Europe is becoming an increasingly unified market. Denton International chairman James Dallas says: “It is another important step forward in our drive to become a pan-European network.” Denton International now has interests in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, France, […]

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Shopping for justice

Got a Lithuanian client whose libel action could be damaged by one particular witness? No problem. Just ship the entire case over to England, have it heard by one of the most prestigious justice systems in the world, and conveniently leave the problematic witness behind. Alternatively, plaintiffs who are afraid that they will not get […]

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We are the solicitors for Mrs Pamela Rosemary White. We have seen the article entitled “Increase in Divorce Pay Out” in the Litigator’s View column of The Lawyer dated 1 March. We would like to clarify any misunderstanding arising from this article. On 18 February, the House of Lords gave both Mr White and Mrs […]

Eagle Star sheds its in-house

Eagle Star Insurance is closing its in-house legal department following its merger with Zurich Insurance. One of its lawyers has already relocated to Zurich’s UK legal department based in Fareham, Hampshire, while another three have decided to move on to other things. Paul Hitchings, group legal adviser, says the “discontinuation of some litigation activity” is […]

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