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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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Hull firm aims to provide 'day-to-day' service in link up with advice group

Hull law firm Rollit Farrell & Bladon has linked up with independent financial adviser Fraser Smith Group to set up a financial service division. Fraser Smith will permanently base one adviser in the law firm’s Hull office as part of the joint venture. The law firm, which previously used the Solicitors Financial and Property Services, […]

Reporter faces jail for protecting sources

A case of major importance to the media is now pending in the High Court. It centres on the rights of journalists to protect sources of information. Former Newcastle-based Journal reporter Dani Garavelli, who now works for The Scotsman, faces a prison sentence for failing to reveal her sources of information after being subpoenaed to […]

IT company unveils global support network

SMITH Bernal International, the court reporting and litigation support company, has launched a global support network for its 1,500 or so clients. The company, which owns the LiveNote court reporting transcription system, has principal offices in London, Philadelphia and Hong Kong. Under its new support arrangement, Hong Kong is co-ordinating firms in the Pacific Basin […]

Aid crack down plan could flout Euro rights, claims Law Society

ONE of the new measures to crack down on legal aid abuse by the apparently wealthy could put the UK in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Law Society has claimed. Russell Wallman, head of the society’s professional policy unit, has urged the Lord Chancellor’s Department to rethink its plans to limit […]

Privatisations

Pinsent Curtis acted for the joint venture purchaser of the largest of the 13 infrastructure service companies being sold by British Rail in advance of the Railtrack privatisation. GT Railway Maintenance, a joint venture formed by GEC Alsthom and Tarmac Construction, has, conditional upon approval by the European Commission under EU merger regulations, purchased Central […]

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