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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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North London boroughs end search for legal heads

The London boroughs of Camden and Islington have emerged from the capital’s recruitment crisis and appointed new legal chiefs. Islington, which has been looking for a new head of legal services since April, after incumbent Louise Round was promoted to director of corporate resources, has hired Debra Norman, who is currently deputy borough solicitor at […]

Lacking a punch

Last Wednesday (8 August), in a gym in Salford, a group of lawyers and law firm staff gathered to honour the Marquis of Queensbury. More accurately, the group had turned up for its first training session for a charity bout of white-collar boxing, scheduled for 2 November in Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. The brains and driving […]

DLA Piper chairman diagnosed with cancer

DLA Piper has announced that George Mitchell, chairman of the firm’s global board, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. New York-based Mitchell, who spent 14 years in the US Senate between 1980 and 1995, joined DLA Piper in 2003 having spent the interim period at US firm Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand. Mitchell’s doctor […]

DLA Piper picks up DWS asset finance partner

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) asset finance partner Stephen Marais is set to join DLA Piper as a partner in the finance and projects group. Marais, who joined Dentons in 1996 and made partner in 2005, focuses on the shipping, aircraft and film sectors, acting for banks and export credit agencies in a range of UK […]

Interest-ing times at Hammonds

The former Hammonds partners who settled their profits dispute with the firm must be breathing a sigh of relief. The former Hammonds partners who settled their profits dispute with the firm must be breathing a sigh of relief. Hammonds is suing 14 former partners, who, if Hammonds gets its way, are getting poorer by the […]

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