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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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In brief: Circuit judge David Pearl

Circuit judge David Pearl, 54, has been appointed as the new director of studies at the Judicial Studies Board, which trains judges, and will replace His Honour Judge Paul Collins on 2 August.

Charles Russell hires new managing partner

City firm Charles Russell has has taken the unusual step of appointing a private client practitioner as its new managing partner. Current managing partner Patrick Russell, who is the fourth generation of Russells to work for the 200-year-old firm, steps down in September. Russell is a sports lawyer. His successor, Grant Howe, is head of […]

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Disaster was averted at the nursery last week after a gang of three-year-olds threatened to jump ship to the posh pre-prep school on the hill. It’s called L’Ecole des Petits Lapins and offers “meaningful play” in English, French and Hungarian mime techniques, but the key factor for the potential defector tots was the size of […]

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Morgan Cole advised PixelFusion Group in raising u10m for completion of the development of the company’s first semiconductor chip. u7.5m was raised by a subscription offer of 1.25 million ordinary shares of 5p each

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