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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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Bryan Cave boosts UK office with Davenport Lyons partner

US firm Bryan Cave is edging its way towards offering a full UK law capability with the recruitment of its second local partner – this time from Davenport Lyons. Anthony Fiducia, Davenport Lyons’ head of company and commercial, is joining the Missouri-based firm’s London corporate finance and securities group, boosting the office to 10 partners […]

Sector Overview

It is not just the banks that are getting bigger – everything is. During the past few years the business community has witnessed bigger deals and, in simple terms, the establishment of fewer companies. Consolidation is the word. Industry giants are coming together in multibillion pound deals that are making the multimillion pound deals look […]

Is your firm ready for a transatlantic merger?

The pursuit of a number of transatlantic law firm combinations has received much publicity recently. In order to assess the issues and challenges that will be faced, the following 20 points should be considered before a firm’s management boards the plane to JFK. 1. Before you buy your ticket, sit down with your partners and […]

Food and Leisure

At the start of the year, the food and leisure industry emerged fresh from the £1.26bn sale of United Biscuits to an international consortium, the merger of brewer Scottish & Newcastle and the Danone Group, and the marriage of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. With massive consolidation sweeping the sector, in-house teams are on the lookout […]

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