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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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Freshfields swoops on Madrid firm to boost Spanish operation

Freshfields has swallowed the nine-lawyer Madrid firm Hervada and Klingenberg and poached a leading partner from Garrigues & Andersen – its most significant expansion in Europe after its January merger with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund. When the new partners – Joaquin Hervada, Miguel Klingenberg and Garrigues’ Fernando Bautista – join in June, […]

A question of claim or counterclaim

The Law Lords are set to consider whether an insurer’s claim can be considered a counterclaim, reports Roger Pearson A legal battle in which, in the original action, a Lithuanian insurer accused Jordan Grand Prix of conspiracy and fraud is to be probed by the House of Lords. The Baltic Insurance group has been granted […]

NCC unveils community law plan

THE National Consumer Council (NCC) has put pressure on the government to act on its manifesto commitment to set up a community legal service, by publishing its own blueprint for one. The NCC launched its six-point plan – “A Community Legal Service: The First Steps”- last week, claiming that its model embraced “the complete range […]

Thirteen Old Square on the move as it changes name

Leading chancery set Thirteen Old Square has changed its name to Serle Court Chambers in anticipation of a move across Lincoln’s Inn to 6 New Square, the current home of law firm Trowers & Hamlins. Both the move, scheduled for late 1999, and the new name, are part of a long-term policy of growth and […]

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