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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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Serb lawyers freeze courts during seven day strike over tax

Serbian courts were brought to a standstill last month when the legal profession went on strike over tax. The strike started in Belgrade, but spread nationally over the seven-day stoppage. Courts have now reopened, pending the Serbian government meeting the demands of the legal profession. The conflict is over the state taxes lawyers are obliged […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Katie Bradford

Katie Bradford was born in Coventry on 28 February 1958. She now lives in London and is an assistant solicitor at Linklaters & Paines. What was your first job? Receptionist in a VD clinic. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £2,500 per annum. What would you have done if you hadn’t become […]

Youth courts pledge faster justice system

Youth courts are to deliver swifter justice to persistent young offenders in a bid to bring home the impact of each sentence and to prevent re-offending. In a joint statement issued by the Magistrates’ Association and the Justices’ Clerks’ Society, youth courts are being encouraged to bring persistent young offenders to trial for individual offences […]

Opra targets pension scheme errors

Even without the much-publicised but rare cases of pensions scheme fraud, mistakes are frequently made, including failure to comply with the ever-increasing legislation. The Goode Committee recommended that “every breach of duty should carry a sanction” and this has been carried through into the Pensions Act 1995. Indeed, there are now so many offences and […]

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