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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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French and UK experts collaborate on standards

Expert witnesses in the UK have agreed to work with their French counterparts to create a single set of professional standards throughout Europe. The UK Academy of Experts has signed a declaration of intent with the National Federation of Companies of Judicial Experts of France. The declaration, signed at the end of last month, invites […]

Profit and loss

I am responding to an article by Philip Kabraji and Andrew Cottle of Grant Thornton entitled ‘Best Prepared will win a claim’ (The Lawyer, 29 April). While it correctly refers to the importance of ensuring that claims are substantiated with documentation and that data collection is properly planned, it is over-simplistic in a number of […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 13/05/97

John Anthony Snailham Griffiths, 54, admitted 1970, practising as Griffiths Jones, Carnforth, Lancashire, struck off and ordered to pay £1,020 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and misappropriated client money and used it for his own purposes, failed to exercise proper supervision over staff and deliberately misled investigation accountant. Tribunal also ordered that Andrew James […]

Law Society's latest pay proposals may end dispute

Accountants and monitoring unit staff at the Law Society are considering an offer from the society designed to put an end to their pay dispute. The proposed deal follows a one-day strike – the first in the society’s history – by accountants and monitoring staff last month and a series of negotiations between a MSF […]

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