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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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Lawyers forge Lockerbie plan

Leading lawyers have hammered out a plan that could end the stalemate blocking the trial of the two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing. The Libyans are refusing to leave their country because they do not believe they would get a fair trial in the US and the UK, but say they would accept a […]

Cheltenham firm opens window to Legalmind system

Admiral Legal Systems has won a contract to supply Legalmind, its latest practice management system, to Cheltenham firm Wiggin and Co. Wiggin and Co, which also has offices in London and Los Angeles, specialises in commercial, tax and media law and litigation. Graham Watts, director of finance at the firm, said he was looking for […]

CCBE causes embarrassment

European Bar leaders were due last weekend to discuss how to better present themselves, after an embarrassing session at the American Bar Association Conference last month in which they appeared to contradict each other. The session, entitled ‘The European Lawyer’, and held in Orlando, Florida, was sponsored by the Council of the Bars and Law […]

In brief: Robinson joins Fennemores team

Fennemores has appointed Chris Robinson to join the commercial team in its Milton Keynes office. He will be responsible for corporate finance, and acquisitions and mergers. Robinson joins the firm from Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham where he was head of corporate services. He decided to move to Fennemores because of the growth in corporate finance […]

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