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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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Tony Henman, senior partner at Oxford firm Henmans, appeared before a different court last week when he watched his son Tim do England proud at Wimbledon. Henman, a personal injury lawyer and keen sportsman, took time off with his wife Jane to watch all his son’s Wimbledon matches. Staff in the firm also followed Tim’s […]

District judges ready for Woolf

LORD Woolf’s impending civil justice reforms will swell the ranks of the district judiciary and lead to an “increasing recognition” of their work, according to their newly elected president. District judge Dick Greenslade, the new president of the Association of District Judges, has identified Lord Woolf’s plans for fast track litigation for claims under £10,000 […]

Mishcons to beef up insolvency with recruit

Sinclair Roche & Temperly solicitor David Middleburgh is leaving the firm to head up the insolvency law group of Mischon De Reya. Middleburgh joins Mishcons this week as the firm strengthens its insolvency department which, to date, was run through the commercial litigation department. A spokeswoman from the firm said it was “pulling together different […]

QBD cases pending

Cases pending in the Queen’s Bench Division jury list include: Western Provident Association v Norwich Union Healthcare & anor; British Coal Corporation v National Union of Mineworkers & anor; Penry v Drake & anor; Reynolds v Times Newspapers & ors; Morgan v Melling & anor; Newman v MGN (not before 15 July 1996); Thoday & […]

Eversheds staff to monitor each other

THE TWELVE regional offices and 715 solicitors of Eversheds are to regularly check each other’s response times to clients, quality of legal advice and conduct of case work in a bid to standardise procedures throughout the national firm. The firm, which has evolved from 12 separate regional practices, each with its own set of standards […]

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