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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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Contributory negligence appeal

The House of Lords is deciding whether to hear an appeal which will focus on the question of contributory negligence in cases of the negligent valuation of property. Mortgage lender Platform Home Loans, which claims it relied on property valuations when arranging sale of property on which mortgage was later defaulted, is challenging an award […]

Emerson's “charade' fails to embarrass Norton Rose

Norton Rose is standing firm as adviser to US electronics group Emerson Electric, which faced accusations of tearing City corporate governance codes “to shreds” during an aborted takeover attempt. Last month Emerson attempted to buy the 48.9 per cent of computer component maker Astec (BSR) it did not already own, at a price set during […]

Herbert Smith abandons FirmControl

HERBERT Smith is replacing the Resolution Systems practice management system it bought in 1994 with a rival package produced by US company CMS Data. The firm began installing CMS Data’s Open system at the start of the year and has set an October deadline for its full installation. Herbert Smith was the first City firm […]

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Stephen Tupper was born in 1958 in Malta. He is currently the London-based partner of the European law unit at Hammond Suddards. What was your first job? Gardener “No. 5” at the Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? A brief fee of £40 for an off-licence […]

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